Wednesday, September 12, 2007

America the Promise . . .

Remembering 9-11 made me think of this photo I took in North Carolina. It was a gorgeous, peaceful, autumn day and I remember just standing there and reflecting on America.

There are a lot of Americans who hate our country. And we have certainly had our faults. How could the bastion of Freedom explain the treatment of the Native Americans, slavery, and the continued denial of equal rights to Blacks well into the 20th century?

No, we're not perfect. But, when compared to the rest of the world, we are the ultimate defender of freedom and the light of hope for mankind. Our wonderful friends, such as Australia, Poland, Britain, and others wouldn't last too long against the forces of evil in this world without America. In fact, fascism and communism would dominate the planet without the U.S.

Imagine a world where the Nazi's won WWII, where communism had no limits, where men didn't step foot on the moon, where millions, maybe billions of people never received medical aid or food from America. Where free nations were not defended against tyrants.

If it were not for America, the Jewish people may have been exterminated. There certainly wouldn't be an Israel. And, Christianity would be confined to the dark alleys of the world.

Many forget that before WWII, Democracy was on its last legs, considered by many to be a failed experiment. Socialism, Communism, and Fascism were the dominant forms of government.

Yes, we have our faults. But please don't confuse our government with our nation. Governments will always be flawed. Power corrupts. It took a 185 yrs for the U.S. government to finally deliver the promise of freedom to the Black population. But, America recognized their right from the beginning. All men are created equal. Endowed by their creator with inalienable rights. It took a while, but we finally got there.

As a student of History, it is clear to me that despite our faults, America is the pinnacle of human achievement.

How dark would our world be without this shining city on a hill?

My fear: that shining light is starting to dim. The promise of America is still there. But, by pushing God out of our nation, we are slowly turning out that light. How can we recognize our God given rights, if we don't even acknowledge there is a God?

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