Kevin’s Conversations: In Gratitude…
We know that there are many things wrong in our nation. We know that the church is often far from perfect in how it interacts with and within our country. We could all write up our lists of these wrongs. We’d probably share some items, some would be different, and we’d also have some different emphases on what we believed to be the worst of offenses.
Yesterday, we celebrated the birth of our nation. Some would even argue that the way that came about by fighting a war for our independence was wrong and that many in the church at that time were wrong in the way they conflated their loyalty to the revolution with loyalty to the kingdom of God… and they would have some valid arguments.
But sometimes we need to celebrate the good, too. Even if the good sometimes can get all mixed up with the bad. So, I am thankful for a nation where we have, for the most part, the freedom to live and worship and follow after God as we choose. I am thankful to live in a country that has done much good, especially when compared with many other empires and superpowers in world history.
I am thankful that the Christian faith had influence in the founding and construction of this country. Helping to set up a structure that allowed for freedom and liberty and justice and compassion. These ideals and ethics, even from the beginning, most certainly have been applied quite imperfectly. Yet they have been there to guide our country and its laws and the application thereof, and we are better off for it.
So happy birthday, America. And thank you, God, for the many blessings you have bestowed and continue to bestow upon us who live in this land.