The United States is without doubt the greatest project in the history of mankind. I believe that God is on the side of freedom and that we have enjoyed his favor in our grand experiment in democratic government. And, to quote from Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
I am writing because I want people to see the United States the way I see the United States. One piece of the evidence that this is a righteous nation is that we are critical of ourselves. In our schools, we do not dwell on the evil and the abuse of human rights perpetrated in the tyrannies of other nations, for we are told in 1 Corinthians Chapter 5 not to judge the unbeliever. We expect no better from these tyrannies, so we do not and should not judge ourselves in comparison to them. Instead, we hold ourselves in comparison to an imagined nation of moral perfection. In my opinion this tendency has gone too far in recent decades. It is quite possible to write an all encompassing narrative of American history based on a race/class/gender critique, for never in American history has America been perfect. This version of American history is not wrong and it even has its uses, but it cannot be the lens through which we see American history, for it misses the point. No nation is perfect, but the United States was the first nation which was founded with its highest purpose being “to form a more perfect Union.”
Just as a Christian does not pretend to be free of sin, but rather prays that God forgive them their sins and deliver them from evil, working each day to be more righteous than the last, so our nation is not perfect but seeks always to hew closer to the path of righteousness. The path is laid out in the preamble to the Constitution of the United States, and the true measure of our nation is not how close we are to perfection but how faithfully we have pursued the purpose for which we were founded. I quote our nation’s mission in full:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
The dogged pursuit of these ends is our nation’s history in a nutshell. I love this country because each successive generation of the People of the United States has worked hard to fulfill the promise of our nation’s founding, passing on to the next generation a Union that is more perfect, more just, more stable, more secure, more prosperous, and more free. It was not inevitable and it was not easy. It has been a journey beset by danger time and again, the success of which has required that hundreds of thousands give their last full measure of devotion to preserve our Constitution. It is thanks to the tireless efforts of millions toiling against all odds of success that our nation has gotten to this point. To these men and women of the past we should be humble and thankful, and pray that God gives us the strength to continue their work and be worthy of their trust that we would not allow this nation to perish, but will indeed pass it on as they did a better nation than the one we inherited. There is great doubt among many today that we can accomplish this task. If we look at our history though, we can see that there is great strength in free people, that we have overcome more in the past, and that if we put our shoulder to the wheel God will be on our side.
Update: More evidence that the left does not understand the American project and doesn’t live in the real world.