This morning as I scrolled Facebook, I clicked on a YouTube video, posted by a friend, of the Gaither Vocal Band. The group delivered a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. Their tight harmonies accompanied a moving patriotic video. As I watched, I swallowed back a lump gathering in my throat. Then tears welled in my eyes and soon dampened my cheeks. Yes, I’m an emotional guy, and yes, occasionally a beautifully sung song (or a “Little House” episode) moves me to tears, but neither was the reason this morning.
This morning I cried for America.
I remember the Presidencies of Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, and Bush II. Under these men (even Clinton), I felt more secure in America’s future than I do now. On 9/11, I watched in horror as planes torpedoed into the World Trade Center, but not once did I doubt America’s ability to rebuild and to stand resolute. I remember watching proudly as George W. Bush stood on a mound of rubble proclaiming,
“I can hear you, the rest of the world can hear you and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.”
Now our Country’s too busy drawing and re-drawing red lines. Honestly, I don’t know how this current Administration would respond to another mass attack. Would they offer the terrorists jobs? Or hugs? Label the event as workplace violence? Or would they hold a press conference to warn Americans to refrain from calling this Islamic terrorism? Granted, this is sarcastic in nature, but how many of us really trust the current leadership in Washington to do what’s best for America?
American Enterprise Institute published a public opinion report evaluating Americans’ level of patriotism. One of the most astounding and disappointing results was the following:
Americans aren’t as proud of their country as some citizens in other countries are of their own nations. According to a World Values Survey, 98 percent of citizens in Qatar claimed to be “very proud” of their nationality. However, only 56 percent of Americans responded positively in this category.
Qatar? Are you kidding me? In Qatar, only Muslims can express their religion publicly, all others must conduct worship services in private homes. Those leaving the Muslim faith face imprisonment or death. And yet, 98% of those living in Qatar are proud of their country….How can this be?
Everyday we read of new crippling policies, court judgments, or another round of decisions being written into law by an overreaching “pen and phone.” The Church sits on the precipice of being made obsolete as the government now attempts to shoulder the responsibility of dictating what is and isn’t sinful. And now innoucuous entertainment is banned because of a flag that Liberals find offensive. Many Conservative people are cowering in the shadows, fearful of offending the PC police or being investigated by rogue government agencies. I wish the above was hyperbole, but that’s the America we currently reside in.
That’s why I cried.
I’m not weeping for myself, but for my family, especially my kids. Unless America rights this ship and charts a new course, what will our future generations face? If we’re not careful, in a few decades, America will be nothing more than a footnote in the pages of history. The Founding Fathers sacrificed too much for this to be our Country’s outcome. Too many brave men and women have paid the ultimate price on the world’s battlefields for us to surrender our freedoms to ideologies intent on destroying American exceptionalism.
At times I feel like Elijah. After a God-given victory against the prophets of Baal, he fled from another enemy…the Queen. He moaned that no one else was standing for God. He thought himself to be all alone. He suffered from a
“nobody likes me, everybody hates me, I’m just going to go eat worms”
mentality. God reminded Elijah that there were 7,000 others who had yet to bow their knees to false gods. Occasionally, the filthy haze of America’s ills conceals the possibility of the United States rising from the ashes to greatness again. That’s not an impossibility. But for that to happen, America must turn wholeheartedly to God and remember the encouraging words of President Ronald Reagan,
“We are never defeated unless we give up on God.”
Keep standing Patriots, and may God once again bless the United States of America.