Editor’s note: In a recent premium letter* to AFA supporters, President Tim Wildmon included a sidebar explanation about why he believed the fight to preserve our nation must continue. Here is a simplified version of that discussion.
My 6 reasons why America is worth saving
1) Restoring our nation to its original ideals honors those who gave everything.
From the Gettysburg Address:
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
November 19, 1863
2) America’s laws are outworkings of Scriptural concepts.
Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise, and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian.
Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States
U.S. Supreme Court, 1892
3) The U.S. is the most generous and merciful nation ever. Examples could fill a library. Here are three:
- American citizens give more money to charity than any other nation in the world.
- Consider that after both world wars, America gave back all land won, and even helped rebuild our enemies’ countries.
- America sends more Christian missionaries abroad than any other country.
4) Peaceful change is always possible because it is built into our system.
America is governed by laws that are made by representatives of the people. Those laws are carried out by the executive branch of government and kept in accord with the Constitution by the judiciary.
That’s more than a civics lesson. It means We, the people, can make things better – peacefully. Think that would be possible in China or Sudan or Iran?
5) Americans are free to pursue their economic dreams.
Despite the push from extremists to change America into a socialist nation, millions still risk life and limb to enter the land of opportunity.
You don’t need a Ph.D. in economics to know that a nation where the government controls the economy and decides who gets what would be a dream-killer and lead to an economic dictatorship of the elite few.
6) Freedom of religion is the first right protected in the First Amendment.
Could there be any greater reason that Christians should celebrate America than the freedom to worship according to the dictates of conscience, to share the gospel with others, and to live our lives according to our deepest convictions?
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