I believe most people in America are good. I believe we are inherently good at heart. We want the best for ourselves and our families. We want healthy food. We exercise. We go to church. We are kind to our neighbors. We clean up after ourselves. We pick up trash. We bring in the mail, and shovel the driveway when neighbors are out of town. We strike up conversations with perfect strangers on the plane. We wait in long lines respectfully. We say “please” and “thank you”. We look you in the eye and say, “Hello, how are you today,” and mean it. We cry with friends, when a pregnancy ends with the loss of a life. We celebrate with neighbors when the soccer game is won. Wey cry at funerals with each other. We share our hearts, our joys & sorrows with each other. We share our lives with each other.
Most people in America want the best for our neighborhoods, our cities, our states, and our country. We care about our homes, our yards, our schools, our neighborhood parks. We care about the mailman, the trash guy, the people fixing the roads, and those plowing the streets. We care about the farmers working overtime to supply enough food for us. We care about the truckers driving late at night, through ice- and snow-covered freeways in high winds. We care about having clean water, clean air, clean beaches, clean mountains, and clean lives. Most Americans care about others as much as they care about themselves.
Americans have a desire to excel. We study diligently. We improve our knowledge. We put in extra hours at work to get a promotion, or prepare for a better job, or just to help a coworker out. We create new ways to do things, new ways to achieve goals. We think outside the box to build new businesses. We find ways to improve our family life. We lean on each other for help and guidance, struggling through life’s ups and downs, but seemingly always coming out on top. We want to succeed.
And, most of us trust. We trust our partners, our kids, our neighbors. We trust our kid’s teachers. We trust the university professors. We trust the news. We trust our church leadership, as well as our state and country leadership. Americans love our country. We believe this country is good. We care about this country. We trust in this country.
.Most Americans do these things, not because we are forced to, but because we want to. Why are Americans like this? As our former President John F. Kennedy said, “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” Is there something in our very nature that makes us feel this way? Why is it that we desire this for everyone? What drives us to act this way? Is it our values? Our attributes? Our expectations? Our hopes? Our dreams?
What are these values that we hold so dear to our hearts? What are these values that we teach our kids, and expect others to value also? If it is the values, what is the significance of those values, morals and attributes that drive us to improve ourselves, do more, be more, work more, challenge more, hope for more, expect more? Do these values make Americans different? Are these values embodied within us?
Many of those questions can be sourced back to the beginnings of our country. George Washington once said, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”
God is the backbone of this country. He was involved in our foundation from its inception. He inspired our Founding Fathers to create the amazing documents that still guide us today. He led them. He protected them. He tutored them from on high. They leaned on Him, trusted Him, and had faith in Him.
Could it be that His attributes and values are embedded within us? We are however His children. We have the Light of Christ within us. With the exception of a very few, all of us are pilgrims here. We didn’t originate here, but we did originate with Him. However, at some point we had family members come to America to partake of His blessings. Through His love and wisdom, He inspired our Founding Fathers in their desires to create a country like non other on earth. The values & attributes that God blessed our Founding Fathers with are instilled in our country, by virtue of our founding documents.
“Our constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other,” said John Adams. Like our Founding Fathers, we trust in Him, we desire to be like Him, we continually try to align our actions with His, to better ourselves and those around us. We are the beneficiaries of their hope, their faith, their God given wisdom. We endeavor to keep our country worthy of His blessings. We want and need His guidance. We pray for Him to keep our country in the way He set it up to be….as a beacon of freedom, a light on a hill.
God lives in our Constitution. He is in our hearts. He is in our every action, if we allow Him in. He is our inspiration. He helps us when we are struggling. He sends angles to support us. He inspires us to be better, to help, to care, to trust, to create, and to love.
Why do I believe in America? Because we were founded by God. Because we love, honor and worship God, and as long as we remember this, America will not fail. We are his army now. We are his modern militia manning His watchtowers. We are His hands and feet, pushing His work forward. We are the patriots working with Him and for Him, by His love and grace and power to keep America great. And we will! He will win! I believe in America.