“America is depressing…mixed up…adrift…an afterthought.”
Have you sensed these themes rippling through our cultural narrative in the past few years?
A lack of pride in who we are seems to have blossomed. There is little passion for greatness. Few believe America’s best days lie ahead.
Everyday the news points out our flaws…can’t get our economy right…can’t get our race issues right…can’t get our foreign relations right…can’t even get our rights right.
Everything rises and falls with leadership – including America. So perhaps our malaise can be contributed to the uninspiring and ineffectual leadership we see in our government…in our communities…in our churches…in our homes.
We don’t have to settle for this though. We can choose a different path. We don’t have to feel blasé about America.
How do I know this?
Because of freedom. Freedom is the one constant that can ignite our passion and love for this country.
Don’t believe me?
Revisit your feelings about America following the tragedy of 9/11. For weeks cars, poles and buildings alike were adorned with flags. Not in my lifetime has a sense of patriotism and national community run so deep. Where has that gone?
Without our freedom and love of country we have nothing.
No hope for a prosperous future.
No hope to choose our own path.
No hope for greatness.
No hope to defeat those who would see us fall.
We should humble ourselves everyday and thank God for the freedom that has given us this place – America – that we call home. And on this Memorial Day, we need to remember those who paid the price and are still paying the price for us to be free.
Thank you men and women of the armed services. Because of you, and by God’s grace, we remain free.
A Soldier’s Pledge
We are Americans. One soldier, Martin Treptow surely believed this. Click below to be inspired again.