Thursday, July 2, 2009

What did you do to ensure your birth would take place in America ?

Absolutely nothing, of course.

And yet you and I are fortunate to be US citizens, whether we believe it’s by happenstance or by God’s grace.

I have had the opportunity to travel overseas quite a bit and find myself questioning where to draw the line between my pride in being an American and my recognition that Russians, Japanese, Ethiopians, Chileans, Austrians all share a similar level of pride in the heritage of their countries and the accomplishments of their countrymen.

And yet America is a special country.

• We do have a unique history.
• We remain the beacon of hope for many around the world.
• Most of the world still looks to America for leadership.
• American culture permeates the world.

And the list could go on and on.

In 10 days, I’m traveling to Russia and Bulgaria. I will thoroughly enjoy experiencing the sights and sounds of their cultures.

But one of the highlights of the trip will surely be returning through US Customs and seeing the sign that says:

“Welcome to the United States of America”

I get a lump in my throat every time I see it.

What should we as the American people do with our birthright, with our good fortune ?

Gloat about it ? Horde it ? Obviously not. We need to be good stewards of undeserved grace and share our blessings, as we are reminded in Luke 12:48…

“From whom much has been given, much will also be required.”

1 comment:

Nancy said...

I really appreciated this honest post. Have fun during your travels!