Is Our Nation Great?
Adapted from the article “United We Stand” by Richard Harris
When America was attacked on 9/11 the people of our nation rallied together and were unified.
We set aside our differences and supported the cause of freedom. The iconic photo of three firemen raising the American flag appeared on the cover of magazines everywhere.
Our flag stood as the symbol of solidarity, strength and enduring freedom.
Sadly, among some influential circles within our country, the unity and love of country that followed 9/11 has given way to deep division, and even to anti-American hatred. While millions of Americans still remain proud of their country and honor its great legacy as a beacon of freedom and faith in God, a powerful alliance has emerged that is aggressively proclaiming a diametrically opposite mindset.
On September 7, 2019, then presidential candidate Beto O’Rouke said, “What a disgusting country this is. This is a country that has been defined by foundational, systemic, endemic racism since the very founding…. The violence, the persecution, the droughts caused not by God nor by Mother Nature, but by you and me, our excesses, our inaction….”
Increasingly, it seems that many Americans are being persuaded to hate their country. Professors teach that Christopher Columbus was a terrorist who committed genocide. Protestors spit on and injure police officers because of the actions of a few. Members of Congress argue over their own political agendas while millions are suffering the physical and economical effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our prayer and quest at the Truth and Liberty Coalition is that Americans will rediscover, embrace, and act on the Truth, including the great Christian heritage of this nation. We have not been perfect—God knows. But there has never been a nation in the history of the world that has done more to create and spread freedom, equality, and prosperity around the world.
From the bold, audacious pronouncement in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with unalienable rights, to the sacrifice and stalwart opposition to Communism that won victory in the Cold War, America has been a beacon of freedom and equality to the world.
This week on the anniversary of 9/11, let’s remember: the first responders who sacrificed their lives to rescue others, the servicemen and women who gave all and those who continue serving overseas and at home, and let’s remember the love we had for our fellow Americans.
But as much as these things, let us remember who we really are as a nation—the land of the free and the home of the brave—one nation under God. Let’s unite around the flag and the Constitution, and let us rehearse and vote the biblical truths to which we’ve been called and that are the foundation of the great blessings we’ve enjoyed.
And through it all, let’s love our neighbor as ourselves—even if we disagree.