When and where do we teach patriotism anymore? According to Merriam Webster, patriotism is a love or devotion for one’s county. Over the past twenty years or so, I’ve noticed a waning of patriotism among my contemporaries. There was a temporary spike in a perceived patriotism following 9/11 – but driven primarily by a desire to retaliate rather than a love and devotion for one’s country (let’s pick an enemy and attack).
I’m not sure we really recognize the uniqueness and fortune of our freedoms. Amidst the challenging economy, struggling job markets, political battles, and declining real estate markets, I can’t imagine living any other place. We enjoy the liberties of a county founded for freedom. There’s a lot to do, much needs to be fixed, and a collective vision embraced. It is because of our freedoms you have an opportunity to make a difference. Thank God for the land He’s given you. Live well the entrustment He’s placed in your hands. Value the gift and the opportunity. Listen to these stories about freedom and be stirred to action. When patriotism dies, so does a nation.