I believe in America, but I also believe, not only in love of country, but also in a love for all people of all countries.
I believe this country is a unique gift from Almighty God, but that doesn’t mean that other countries and peoples are not equally blessed and loved by their Creator.
I appreciate this quote and appeal from Gerald Ford, a former U.S. President, in 1968, a difficult time for this country:
America now is stumbling through the darkness of hatred and divisiveness. Our values, our principles, and our determination to succeed as a free and democratic people will give us a torch to light the way. And we will survive and become the stronger—not only because of a patriotism that stands for love of country, but a patriotism that stands for love of people.
And here is another a quote from our current U.S. President Barack Obama at a similarly difficult time:
A freedom without love or charity or duty is unworthy of our founding ideals and those who died in their defense.
I believe in the principles upon which this country was founded and I pray for and with those with whom I disagree.
I am humbled by and grateful for the gifts that have come to me through the sacrifice of others, a sacrifice that has cost many the ultimate price. I cannot repay you, but I can honor you with my respect and eternal gratitude.
When the Savior of all mankind returns to His creation, the whole world will be united under a devotion to God and fellowman that will include all faiths and nations under heaven.
Then, and not until then, will we be truly free.