President Obama emphasized the importance of parents in the State of the Union address Tuesday night. But he did not say that those parents should be a father and a mother. He said parents have the biggest impact on a student’s success, but he did not say that those parents should ideally be living in the same home with their children.
We could go on, and conservative bloggers and talk show hosts do. Christian conservatives habitually dissect Obama’s every word. While we must be discerning in order to influence the nation for good, let us also remember Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
Obama leans to the left, but sometimes he says something right. Let us be honest in our critiques, humble in our responses, and fervent in our prayers for our leaders.