Why I am a Christian who also loves America?
1. The primary American idea is a Biblical idea. All men are created equal and are endowed with unalienable rights was God's idea not America but we were the first county to attempt to establish a government and nation on this idea.
Was this done with great hypocrisy because our founding fathers took the land of indigenous Americans and built the country on backs of slaves? Yes, but does it change the glory of the idea? No! I am proud of this desire for a government built on the value of all human beings being equal and valuable. Are we 243 years later and still struggling with this idea, yes and because of the fallen nature I am afraid we may never reach the full reality of America. Look to our Southern border, our prisons and the abortion clinics to see we still have a long way to go but there are still those fighting to create the America where all men are equal.
2. Being a citizen of heaven gives me a proper way to be a citizen of this country it doesn't negate my earthly citizenship. There can be an appropriate, healthy and unsinful love of Country. We are sojourners and exiles not because we have no allegiance to a country on earth but because this world, for now, is ruled by satan and we are not under his dominion. We are a part of a kingdom that is coming where all that is wrong will be made right but that does not mean we care nothing for the country we were born. But we relate to it through this all-important lens.
3. God in is sovereignty placed me in the country of my birth and he has a purpose for me there specifically even with all its faults. As Christians, we are to be a part of helping the flourishing of our community, culture, country. We are to be a part of helping our government and our culture to keep fighting to make this great idea of equality for all men a reality.
4. Being a Christian who loves America does not equate with an American who wants a Christian America. America is not uniquely for Christians or supposed to be a Christian nation but Christians should want all religions and non-religious to see the ideas of America which are innately biblical are good for all mankind. And ultimately we want them to come to know the originator of that idea, their creator but that is not the role of government but the church.
5. The sacrifice people gave to keep our country free and other countries free is Biblical. To lay down your life to protect others is Christ-like and our country has had millions who gave their lives so we can have freedom.
6. You can be a patriotic and still critique your country, they are not mutually exclusive, in fact, I think if someone does not see any flaws in their country or sees the way their country used to be was perfect, they are blind to reality and their country has become an idol.
To quote the play Hamilton,
" America, you great unfinished symphony,
you sent for me
You let me make a difference
A place where even orphan immigrants
Can leave their fingerprints and rise up”
I am a Christian who loves America because it was and is a good idea, because these ideas are from God and because I believe we are called to keep moving toward the true reality of what it means that, “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Christian let's rise up.