Independence Day: Pride vs. Humble Patriotism...

Make no mistake: I'm thankful for my freedoms. I am humbled by the sacrifice of brave women and men who gave their lives for this nation. I'm grateful for so much blessing that so many in this world can't even conceive... 


But for many of us today, "America" is little more than an entitlement - an excuse - a free ticket to live more easily and comfortably than most of our global neighbors. I can't be proud for being lucky


There is still a little voice in the back of my head, whispering "manifest destiny" and reminding me that there are dozens of tribes in Oregon alone who see our "independence" as representative of something much darker.  Whatever patriotism we hold must be moderated with humility, compassion and even repentance.  

2 comments:

The Journey Man said...

i hear you bro. i struggle with the dichotomy. i think nationalism has become another excuse for the justification of our past 'sins'.

David Golden said...

Here is a song I wrote about this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uSeHPM8Iis
Disclaimer: don't play recordings of my singing around the frail elderly, innocent children, or those with serious health concerns.

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