Archive for July, 2010

God bless America!

July 6, 2010

I sincerely hope that everyone had a great Fourth of July weekend, and may God bless America, and all Americans.

As I reflect on Independence Day, and our country’s beginning, I have a renewed sense of patriotism and thankfulness for this great nation. I find it quite remarkable, in fact, the meteoric rise of our country from such humble beginnings to the profound effect that we have on the world today. Pause for a minute to frame that into perspective, from settlers to world leader in roughly 300 years, a relatively short amount of time as countries are concerned. I once visited in a house in Scotland that was built in the year 800. Yes, you read that correctly, that is not a typo, the building was 4 times older than America the beautiful!

America, as most of us know of it, began with the first society of settlers, the Puritans. This period was a simpler time, a time that may seem more innocent and therefore reverent. However, as part native American, I know also that it was also a time of ignorance and fear. How I wish we knew then what we know now, regarding the equality of all colors. Despite all the challenges facing our founding society, they established very honorable principles for our country, emphasizing each person’s responsibility for their own moral conduct and that of others in his community. The Puritans founded a theocracy, without any intentions or conceptions regarding separation of church and state, however Puritanism (or Calvinism) is not perfect, nor what I believe, yet I truly desire for America, and Americans, to live a more noble and holy life. We, as Americans, all need to embrace our role as ambassadors of the Christian principles for which this country was founded. As George Washington stated, you can’t have national morality apart from religious principle.

I am an American, a true patriot, and a true believer that we are all … all … here for each other. That for me, means to strive to live like Christ, to love (honor and praise) God, and to love all my brothers and sisters as myself. For once upon a time, my ancestors were the poor, the tired, and the huddled masses.

God bless you, and God bless America!