Faithful Politics

Being faithful with our politics, not political with our faith.

Happy (Balanced) 4th of July

It seems that every 4th of July the template for both Right and Left is the same.  Conservatives wax eloquent about how America, God’s favorite nation, has been blessed from its inception, how she was founded on Christian principles, and how there is no better place to live in the world.  At the same time, Liberals spend the holiday weekend decrying America’s history of racial discrimination and segregation, persecution of women, and history of global violence.  One side is completely confident that America is indeed a “shining city on a hill,” while the other side equates our nation with the apocalyptic great whore of Babylon.  After listening to these same mantras year after year the only question I am left with is, why can’t we all have a more balanced view of America?

Many evils have indeed been perpetrated in our country’s short history.  The sin of viewing another human being, created in the image of God, as property is utterly appalling.  Even still, the lingering sentiments of racism show that we have a long way to go in this struggle.  We have not always given women the equal treatment they deserve either, and some are able to make very strong arugments that this is still the case.  America has not always used her power for good in the world, and at times has created havoc with the use of military force.

At the same time, where else is there the potential for a person to better their social standing through hard work and inginuity?  Where else has a nation gone to war with itself in order to set men and women free from the bondage of slavery?  What other nation has sacrificed so many of their young men on foreign beaches in order to preserve world order and protect the persecuted?

For all the evil in America’s past that we are rightfully ashamed of, there is also much to be proud of.  The narrow view that so many have of our country, either viewing it too positively or too negatively, is not only overly simplistic, it is without nuance or rationality.  America is not God’s chosen nation, nor is she Babylon: she is America.  A nation that for all its great flaws has potential for great good.  As we reflect on the events of this past weekend, and the pontificating from both sides on the issue of patriotism, let us have a more balanced view of our nation.  Not neglecting to celebrate the great country we are blessed to live in, and not ceasing to strive for her betterment.  And most importantly, let us all pray that God would continue His work in our country.

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  1. This is a great and refreshing view to have about our nation. It is tiring to hear the attempt at defining our success or failure at meeting the goals of the Bible and having that shape our response to America. Instead we need to continue to see America as a large institution that we are a part of. We can continue to work to correct the injustices and rejoice when justice is done and has been done. The Fourth of July is a celebration of the creation of our Union it is not a time to ignore the problems of our past or wallow in them. Rather a time to celebrate a shared identity and membership we have even as we continue to make sure we stick with the original convictions and improve upon them where needed.

  2. First I would like to tell you “good form!’, your blog is both user friendly, and “well balanced” (no pun intended). But might I add that I felt that two of the three informational entries were a bit pushy as two of them were “required” for entry. I also must make a confession to you, I have never been to your blog before. And I’m sorry. I truly enjoyed this column. I felt as though it was thought provoking, without being too wordy, and that it was a clear representation of your ideology, which I might add is very agreeable. Kolburt, Great job, and thanks the all your hard work, and may this appointment be a small, but significant reminder that though you may feel your blog isn’t “taking off”, in my mind it’s like a space shuttle (not challenger, that one was tragic).

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