I Believe in America

American flag, on a tall pole, animated by a strong breeze.

I love my country and I honor her today. I am grateful to be an American.

The miracle of America was the triumph of individual rights over the rights of the state. This was a revolutionary idea, an experiment that had not been tried to this degree in the history of the world, that gave dignity to the individual and asserted rights and freedoms and the gift to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.

Some of these rights were enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, which was accepted by the Continental Congress 245 years ago today. Representatives of the citizens of the then thirteen colonies united their voices and pens to create and sign one of the most important documents in the history of the world.

If you haven’t recently read the Declaration of Independence, you can do so here or listen to Max McLean read it here. It will only take 10 minutes and will be worth every second you invest. I listened to it with tears today.

We are striving for “a more perfect union,” as we always have and always will, but we are far from the ideal. Yes, we see corruption in our elected officials, in endless and unjustified wars, in corporations, in the medical-pharmaceutical industrial complex, and in churches, but the heart of America—”We the People”—remain fixed on Lincoln’s promise of a government “of the people, by the people, for the people.”

I pledge my allegiance to our amazing country because of the God-given principles upon which we as citizens rest. May God bless this and every country in the world that we may flourish and enjoy the blessings of true freedom until Christ’s return.

God Bless the USA

I love the United States of America. My country, your country, our country—the country that enshrined true freedom in the soul of the world.

She is not without flaws. We are painfully aware of her sins, misdeeds, and even atrocities—but that does not wipe out the goodness of her people, or the billions of gracious things her citizens have done for their fellow citizens around the world. She is the best thing that freedom loving people have ever had going for them on this planet.

I stand with her. I believe in her. I always have and always will. May God bless and forgive her, today and forever.

Please enjoy this new recording of “God Bless the USA” featuring Lee Greenwood, the Singing Sergeants, and Home Free. Recorded in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., and Nashville on June 30, 2020. Lyrics below. From the YouTube channel George.

I cannot listen to this recording without crying.

If tomorrow all my things were gone,
I’d worked for all my life.
And I had to start again,
With just my children and my wife.

I’d thank my lucky stars,
To be livin’ here today.
Where the flag still stands for freedom,
And they can’t take that away.

And I’m proud to be an American,
Where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
Who gave that right to me.
And I gladly stand up,
Next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

From the lakes of Minnesota,
To the hills of Tennessee.
Across the plains of Texas,
From sea to shining sea.

From Detroit down to Houston,
And New York to L.A.
Well there’s pride in every American heart,
And its time we stand and say.

That I’m proud to be an American,
Where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
Who gave that right to me.
And I gladly stand up,
Next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

Courtesy of MetroLyrics

A Patriotism that Stands for Love of People

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.