America is the country of great men like:
*Patrick Henry who said “Give me liberty or give me death.”
*George Washington, whose army of farmers defeated the greatest military power in the world to earn the independence of a fledgling country.
*Abraham Lincoln, who fought a civil war to free those bound by the oppression of slavery
*Teddy Roosevelt, who walked softly and carried a big stick.
*Franklin Roosevelt, who said, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself”
*John F Kennedy, who challenged us to walk on the moon.
*Neil Armstrong, who did
*Martin Luther King, who said “I have a dream” and died pursuing that dream.
*Ronald Reagan, who won the cold war without firing a shot.
America is also the country of great women like:
*Betsy Ross, who gave us an identity by making our first flag.
*Molly Pitcher, who manned her husband’s cannon in the Revolutionary war when he was killed in battle, inspiring those around her to fight with renewed energy.
*Harriet Tubman, former slave turned freedom advocate in the 1800s.
*Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin which taught us about the plight of slaves.
*Susan B. Anthony who fought for a woman’s right to vote.
*Rosy the Riveter, who symbolized all the women who went to work in the factories during WWII building planes, tanks and ships; so their husbands could fight for freedom.
*Louisa May Alcott, who wrote Little Women.
*Laura Ingalls Wilder, who described the hardships and joys of life on the prairie
*Sally Ride, our first female American astronaut
Americans created mass production, the car, the airplane, harnessed electricity, split the atom and walked on moon.
Americans developed medicine that cures the incurable, built computers that do complex equations in fractions of a second, and produced an agriculture industry that feeds the world.
We have never had a Gulag; the prison system of the former Soviet Union, where its’ citizens were imprisoned and starved as they were forced to do manual labor in freezing weather.
We have never murdered thousands of our own people simply for criticizing an elected leader.
We have never persecuted those with different religious faiths.
We are a country of greatness. We can be proud of the accomplishments we have made. We can be proud of the things that our country was founded upon: freedom, hard work, honesty, and faith in God.
We should be grateful to God for everything He has given us here.
Psalm 34:3 encourages us to “…tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt His Name together.”
God deserves this exaltation because of what He has done for us in creation, salvation and in providing for us a country in which we can worship with freedom. Let’s never forget to appreciate the freedom we enjoy in this great nation; let us never stop thanking God for providing it for us.
Robert Morton is pastor of First Christian Church in Middlesboro.