As I watched the National Memorial Day Concert last night on television, I was moved to tears more than once, for several reasons.
Tears in honor and in memory of all the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice over many, many generations. Tears seeing all the veterans standing tall for well deserved recognition. Tears for all the families who are missing their loved ones on this 148th celebration of our fallen heros. Tears as I listened to the patriotic songs that always touch my heart, and the stories of real people touched forever by war.
Tears as I was reminded of what a privilege it is to live in the United States of America, but also tears over how so many people in this country take that awesome privilege for granted.
Despite all the issues our country struggles with, the United States of America is still the greatest country in the world to live in. It breaks my heart how so many people have not only forgotten that, but choose to disrespect America, her history and all those who put their lives on the line every day to preserve it.
Vandals vandalize military cemeteries and national war monuments. Disgruntled citizens burn, stomp on and destroy the beautiful American flag – the flag that gives them the freedom to even have free speech, free will and free living which allows them to do such things. Historic landmarks are removed or destroyed and flags that stand in memory of the fight for freedom for us all are banned. People are wearing hats and t-shirts with derogatory statements, such as “America was never great” or “I hate America”. The morals and values that once were the norm are mocked and fought against, while personal agendas of the few are allowed to override and impact the civil liberties of all. Appalling and misguided people protest loudly at the funerals of military personnel, causing further heartache to those left behind with total ignorance to the fact that they died fighting for their freedoms too.
But the truth is, regardless of the problems our country struggles with or the actions of people that spread hatred, disrespect,sin and selfishness, America is still America – and she is still great.
In comparison to countless other countries on this planet God created, America’s issues pale in comparison, and the quality of living and blessings in America are off the chart in comparison as well. The real problem is that decisions about the future of our citizens and our country are no longer being made based on the beliefs in the heavenly Father that made this country great.
With every tiny step of so-called progress that pulls this country farther and farther from it’s founding biblical principles, the greatness of America is threatened. Yet, no matter what happens and no matter how many things break our hearts, what comfort it brings to remember that America is still God’s country, and He is still in control. He is still on the throne and He still reigns. Christians need to stand up strong and proud and let their voices be heard, and elect political leaders who live by their Christian beliefs and can bring positive faith-fueled changes into our society. But regardless of who gets elected to what office or what laws are passed, ultimately, God will always have the last Word and while we wait for Him to act, we must never doubt His sovereignty.
As for me, I choose to trust Him and fully support the country where I am blessed to reside, regardless of the things I may or may not like or agree with. Countless hundreds of thousands of men and women died so we could enjoy the privilege of living here in this great nation, and they deserve our gratitude.
Yes, America has it’s problems. But may we never forget, America is still great, and deserves honor worthy of tears.
I’m proud to fly this American flag high above my yard every single day, but especially today. For all those who gave their life and those serving currently at home and overseas, so that everyone in America could enjoy living in the beautiful land of the free – including those who use their freedom to shamefully disrespect our country’s founding fathers, beliefs, and flag – I salute you.
Thank you for serving America well. You are not forgotten.