Some incoherent rambling thoughts in response to cynical 4th of July posts that I probably would have been writing myself last year:
Look, American business and military interest have massively screwed up the globe in many ways. But at the same time, hatred for America and a rejection of patriotism is also a distinctly leftist tool aka NWO PROGRAMMING for those of you who prefer that type of verbiage.
I was a huge fan of Howard Zinn’s “The People’s History of the United States” as a teenager and as I’ve shared before, a huge leftist myself, like Zinn. The idea that America was not exceptional, that other countries and cultures were far superior and that America needed to drastically change in order to be morally better is distinctly leftist and communist. Howard Zinn is himself a strong leftist with communist ties. Since the beginning of the last Century, communists have rejected the idea of American exceptionalism and infused a sense of guilt into the idea as if it is ignorant and un-cultured to love America.
Let me be clear: this is the exact same philosophy behind that of the UN and the NWO. Dissolving American and Christian morals to be replaced with mandated social change, cultural Marxism, enforced equality, etc.
America is an exceptional nation and there’s nothing wrong with loving it.
I used to be totally anti-American and un-patriotic, and considered it idolatry and sin to love your country. And of course being unrealistic about our country’s history or blind to corruption in the government can be very problematic, spiritually and intellectually. But as I shared a few weeks ago, I’ve learned to appreciate that there is something unique about this country, and that as a Christian and a conservative, I am very grateful to live here and do appreciate the principles our country was founded on.
You don’t need to worship America to appreciate America.
There’s nothing wrong with remembering the American Revolution and what a unique country it was when it was first founded. I know this might not be true for everyone, but American identity is the only identity I have ever had, it’s the only nation I have ever had. My family tree goes back to Virginia in the 1700s. We are privileged here, and it doesn’t come at the cost of the lives that are lost in the name of securing corporate interest overseas. It comes from the unprecedented Constitution that was written to protect our liberties. I sincerely reject the idea that Afghani opium farmers were threatening my freedom or that most recent wars were fought to defend my freedom in any way, but that also doesn’t change the fact that the military is what does prevent us and has prevented us in the past from being invaded by Socialists.
At the end of the day, here’s the thing. You live in a country where you can freely post all the memes and rants about how un-free you are and how we’re all slaves. And you know what that means? It means you have more freedom than a heck of a lot of people throughout history and today.
We are blessed. I’m not an idiot, I know we live in a fallen world and our government is full of massive global corruption and certainly does not have its hands clean of innocent blood. I just know I won’t be taxed or killed for being a Christian. I know I can own and in some cases carry a firearm. I know I can say horrible degrading things about our President without going to prison. This is real. We can’t forget what real persecution and oppression are. Our country is being destroyed, for sure, and our freedoms are diminishing. But you know who’s upset about that? People who have always loved and admired American, don’t forget that. We’re all Americans regardless of our opinion on the country. Don’t let the NWO mentality turn you against the people who want to defend it and keep it sovereign. Because these freedoms are exactly what the NWO want to take away. They rely on us no longer feeling any loyalty to our country. They rely on the leftist truther movement to perpetuate their new age, un-patriotic counter-truth.
I am a Christian and a citizen of a Kingdom that is not of this world first and foremost. But in this life I am told to love my neighbor. So this year rather than mock or look down upon people who want to celebrate my country, I am choosing to love my neighbor, and count my blessings as an American Christian.
After all, I’m sure Christians in North Korea or Pakistan would want us to appreciate the liberties we have here.