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Why I’m Not Embarrassed to Be an American

Why I’m Not Embarrassed to Be an American

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On a recent trip overseas, I was tempted to tell people that I’m Canadian. I figured I’d have way less explaining to do about the state of affairs in the USA, and I might even be treated better.

I sat next to a Brit on a long flight from Amsterdam to Rwanda, and he asked me, “What is going on in your country? What’s wrong with America?”

hillaryFrankly, I didn’t know what to say.

What is going on?

We have politicians who appear to have no moral compass.

Our leaders lie or twist the truth to suit their own needs.

trumpWe have narcissistic, arrogant, and self-serving candidates.

The media fail to be even remotely unbiased.

And too many Christians display an attitude of anger and fear rather than love and the fruit of the Spirit.

Everyone has a personal agenda, and it seems that few care these days about truth, character, or right and wrong.

Then again, this isn’t the first embarrassing season in American politics. Anyone remember the rumors about JFK? How about a guy named Nixon? Uh . . . how about Clinton’s antics in the Oval Office with an intern?

Here’s a fact: No government on this planet is perfect. And by the way, no leader or politician is perfect either (including this pastor).

Not for a second am I encouraging apathy or turning a blind eye to sin.

Of course, we can and must do better.

But . . .

This American has lived long enough and studied enough history to know that “We the People” have fed, cared for, protected, and rescued hundreds of millions from utter disaster. Without us, most of Europe probably would be living under a flag with a swastika on it.

Yes, I know. We’ve miserably failed on the issues of woman’s rights and slavery. We frequently have blown it in our treatment of Native Americans. We botched our policy with Rwanda during its horrible genocide. And we have tragically failed to protect the unborn in our country.

Unquestionably, I could go on and on.

But . . .

poorNo nation on the planet has done more for the poor.

No nation in history has built more hospitals or more schools.

No nation has ever given more money to raise the quality of life of the disenfranchised.

No nation has sent more missionaries throughout the world to proclaim the Good News.

God has blessed us (every good gift comes from Him), and we are a blessing to many. Democrat, Republican, Independent, and all, together we have changed the course of history. Maybe it’s time to focus on the good and to be thankful instead of fearful.

So despite the current nature of politics in the US, I will vote.

I will do my best to honor who I am in Christ and to live as Jesus lived—in humility and gentleness while going the second mile if need be.

And even if I wake up disappointed on November 9th, I will trust in God.

I will believe in Him and His power to use a broken nation and broken people (like us) to do good.

I will honor my leaders (as instructed to do so in the Word).

And most of all, I will pray for a great outpouring and revival to come so that once again this great nation can be a great blessing to many.

This blog is not a call to compromise. It is a reminder that we love and serve a God who is far bigger than any human entity or enterprise. It is a call to prayer.

It is also a call to hope. Hope, not in a leader or a government, but in the only One who is always good.

So no matter what, I will believe and not despair.

Perhaps, when people lose confidence in a system, they will finally find faith in the Faithful One.

praying

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14 Responses to Why I’m Not Embarrassed to Be an American

  1. I just deleted everything i could find (about politics) on my FB page and this came up. Thank you. Such s POSITIVE reminder of how blessed we are how blessed I am. God help us all. May our hearts be turned to Him.

  2. You are a constant inspiration to me. Thank you for your wonderful posts, and keep them coming!

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Everything Old Is New Again (A shocking reality for hipsters!)

Everything Old Is New Again (A shocking reality for hipsters!)

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hipster1I was walking through the mall last week and in the window, dressed in a plaid bellbottom pantsuit, was a mannequin. (Why don’t we call it a womanquin when it’s female?)

I laughed out loud and thought, live long enough and you start to see a familiar pattern—new things are just recycled old things. Like Solomon once wrote, “There is nothing new under the sun.”

In part, I snickered because nobody in their 20s or 30s thinks I’m hip, word, rad, cool, hot, or whatever they call it nowadays (uh, I’m pretty sure all of those words are old).

I don’t wear skinny jeans.

I’ll never have a man-bun.

And I prefer real coffee over organic pomegranate herbal tea.

That being said, I did wear high-top Converse All Stars back before Nixon.

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And once upon a time, what most people think is dope now, I bought at Sears back in the ‘60s.

My point?

Well, if you’re a young hipster, trust me when I say, your hipster days are numbered. And if you’re not-so-hip and your kids are embarrassed to be seen with you in public, first check your fly, then relax. It’s okay. Someday they’ll understand that no one and no thing stays trendy forever.

Maybe what matters most in this world are things like authenticity, humility, faithfulness, and kindness.

Maybe character means more than what we wear. Remember, whether you’re 20 or 60, mercy and compassion are always in vogue.

Whether you’re old or young, it’s something to think about.

By the way, I expect “groovy” to make a return any day now.

What has been will be again,

what has been done will be done again;

there is nothing new under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NIV)

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  1. Hey there. Yes, I’ve thought of this concept and am waiting for the day my grandkids are embarrassed to be with their parents so I can laugh mutahtah. Just kidding sort of. Not your point but….also

    I’m bringing back groovy and righteous with a small handful of my peeps, just because…. ;))

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