The uniqueness of the United States?

Have you caught any of the public (media) controversies about whether President Obama really likes the U.S.? You have sound bytes of Americans saying that Obama doesn’t even like the country and even the former Vice President Cheney making a similar accusation. It is not a new controversy. Certainly, the comments of his then pastor didn’t help him…The bruhaha about wearing a flag pin…and Michelle Obama’s comments about her first time feeling proud about the U.S.

Without debating Obama’s feelings about the country, I’d like to consider the issue of our uniqueness. Is there something special or unique about the US that places us in a special category different from the rest of the world? Is it okay to even ask this question or does it automatically indicate a disrespect for our forefathers, for democracy, for the Christian roots of the country?Is it tantamount to saying that God has not had his hand on this country in some special ways?

Stating that we are not unique may be one of the remaining heresies of our time.

But, should it be a heresy to suggest that in the eyes of God and others, we aren’t so different. This does not mean that we wouldn’t choose every time to still live in this country. This is not to suggest that we have blessings that few others have.  This is not to say that God isn’t carrying out his purposes via our country either.

But are we special? We have flawed individuals making up a flawed government who are seeking both personal good and, yes, the good of others (for the most part). Isn’t that true of other governments as well? Maybe not all governments seek this, but certainly many do.

Is America great? But could it be better? Yes. And so, being willing to criticize, even publicly, this country is one of the evidences of its greatness. Even further, being willing to criticize and demand better care for all is a sign of our greatness.

Seems the debate is not really about our pride in the US but in demanding no honest criticism. Sounds like the, “I can criticize my family all I want, but I’ll never admit to you that they have any flaws” mindset.

So, are we special and unique? Is it so bad to admit our flaws? Our failures? To even note that other countries have done a better job at certain things? What do you think? If your family emigrated to Canada instead, would you really be less of an individual? Would you be jealous of Americans?


Filed under Christianity, News and politics

5 responses to “The uniqueness of the United States?

  1. “And so, being willing to criticize, even publicly, this country is one of the evidences of its greatness.” Well said.

  2. i do believe that honestly looking at our own mistakes, and seeing how others do things better, and trying to learn from both is what causes growth and change. growth and change is hard work, challenging work, not always pleasant work, but it needs to be done.

  3. A pastor/professor said of his church denomination “The XXX is an extremely messed up denomination with all kinds of flaws, but it’s the best denomination there is!” Could be said of our country, too.

  4. I think this is an issue of “worldly” greatness vs “spiritual” greatness. I happen to think the United States is a remarkable country. I think it belongs in the same conversation as other nations which have shaped world history for the positive (Greece, Rome, Britain, etc…)

    Not every country has used it’s influence to help people. Certainly there are many dictators and tyrants who used the wealth of their countries to promote their own lives.

    So to say the US isn’t “special” or “unique” from a worldly perspective is to simply deny history.

    That said, all of humanity is spiritually broken. We are all fallen. We are all weak to sin. In a moral sense, we are no better than anyone else.

    • Cat888

      Our country needs to be restored back to her Godly heritage. Help us restore Christian rights and freedoms. At 1 Nation Under God Forever we pray together, learn current issues, contact our decision makers, participate in meetings and marches.
      Together we can make a difference! Love in Christ, Cat888

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