I believe that America is on a prodigal journey. Once a nation founded on Judeo-Christian principals, we have done everything in our power to run away from God. And we’ve run far away. We’ve spent all our money, and used up all of our favors. Now, we can keep running, keep thinking we have all the answers and fighting with anyone who disagrees – or, and this is just a thought – we can turn back to God.
I don’t mean this in a preacher-y “everyone-must-repent-or-we’re-doomed” kind of way. What I mean is, if you’re an American; whether you’re Jewish, Christian, Agnostic, Atheist, Muslim, Catholic, or if you believe strongly in the teachings of Big Bird and Sesame Street gang – it really doesn’t matter, I really don’t care. But if you’re an American and you’re still proud to be one, then yes, I think we need to turn back to the principals that we were founded on that made you feel welcomed here in the first place. We need to admit that we don’t have all the answers, and that we haven’t done everything right. We need to humble ourselves and work together. We need to remember who we are and where we came from; and what made America so great in the first place.
Alexis de Tocqueville said, “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.” Meaning, if we want “liberty for all,” we need to have some sort of standards for morality. Our standards for what is moral, comes from faith. de Tocqueville also said, “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” That’s brilliant.
“America is great because she is good.” America is a nation built “by the people, for the people.” And the people of this nation are good – so good, and generous, and thoughtful and kind – and that’s what makes America great. The American people have always been so good, because we all lived by the guiding set of principals that we were founded on. That doesn’t mean that everyone had the exact same faith or religion; but that they lived by generally the same set of morals that allowed us to declare “liberty for all.”
“If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” When Americans stop being good – when we stop living by the principals we were founded on that made us great in the first place – that’s when America stops being great. When we stop helping our neighbors dig their cars out of the snow, when we stop standing up for injustice in any form, when we stop being the most charitable people in the world, when we stop standing up for the good police officers [and weeding out the bad ones] who stand up for us every day – that’s it – that’s when America stops being great.
America is at a critical point in its prodigal journey. We can keep running away from what built this nation, or we can turn back to God. We, as citizens, feel powerless in this journey, but we’re not. Remember, America is her people. We are America. We can help by being the light and being the good, loving, charitable, strong American people that define our nation.
“America is great because she is good.” ~Alexis de Tocqueville