On the Eve of Independence Day…

   I used to be patriotic. I guess I’m not anymore, although I have nostalgia for the past, when there was something to be patriotic about. It’s hard to feel any pride in this country of ours. I feel mostly shame and horror. This is a circling-the-wagons time, when you accept that the area “out there” is hostile and is definitely trying to destroy you. You shore up your defenses and protect the ones you love. You accept that your body might not survive, but your soul can’t be dragged away from you without your consent.

   Matt Walsh’s article, “No, America is Not a Great Nation”, captures my feelings so precisely that I’m linking to it here. I strongly encourage you to read the whole article. Here is an excerpt from the end:

  We can find greatness if we strive for holiness. We have to. We are
entering an age where only the great Christians will spiritually
survive. It’s a scary time, but if we heed the call to holiness, we can
find immense joy. That’s what I want for my children, though I fear for
them quite a bit these days. I can’t imagine what this country will look
like in 30 or 40 years. Maybe things will have turned around, but
honestly I really doubt it. So all I can do is hold them close, try to
be a better father to them and a better husband to my wife, and equip
them as best I can for what comes next.

  I believe strongly that real persecution awaits us down the road. I
think my children will face hostility and opposition and maybe even
violence on a level I haven’t yet seen. We are heading into very
challenging times, but if we keep our families together and our hearts
with God, we’ll be OK. No matter what happens, we’ll be OK. And, by
extension, if we pour ourselves into our families and into our faith, we
might be able to rescue this culture and this country from the clutches
of progressive annihilation. It won’t happen quickly, and I don’t know
if it will happen at all, but I know there’s a chance. America is not
lost completely. Not yet.

  So find strength in the Lord. Love your spouse and your children like
Christ loves the Church. Be a leader in your home. Be willing to
sacrifice everything for your family. Be unwilling to sacrifice your
soul for anything. Confront the reality of our current state and accept
that you will be asked to endure a lot of pain and persecution. Pray.
Remember what America was. Remember who God is. Remember who you are and
why you’re here and that you were put here in this time for a reason.

   This Independence Day is not a time for blind celebration in America’s “greatness”. It’s not the time for petty recriminations and hatred either. I may not be able to take pride in my country anymore, but my trust in the greatness of God will not waver. May God have mercy on us all.

4 thoughts on “On the Eve of Independence Day…

  1. Amen! I would just add that this goes for almost any country. My country, Serbia, is facing even more bitterness since we are being sold the American model and we are buying it at the price of loosing our traditions, mentality and faith. God bless you Matushka!

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  2. It's a big mess here in Greece as well. I think it's obvious it is a spiritual crisis. And I totally agree that “God will have the last word”, and it is the only thing that is even remotely consoling. Still, we bear responsibility for our choices and eventually we will be faced with the consequences, which is quite scary…

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