A few days ago, I was listening to a speech, and the speaker said something that caught my attention- “People around the world think that Americans don’t have a culture.”
think about that.
We don’t have a culture?
I would disagree on one hand, because we do have a culture- people see hamburgers, they think ‘United States’. People see/hear a President, they think ‘United States’. People hear “all men are created equal” and they say- “Yep- that’s the United States.’
We have stories- legends- but they are few and far between.
But on the other hand, I have to agree with this speaker. The United States has lost its culture.
What once was a nation founded on the truths of God’s Word is now a nation that could care less what God thinks- as long as it seems or feels good, it’s alright.
Our foundations- the start of our nation- was what set us apart from the others in the world. we were those stubborn 13 colonies who wanted to be free of Britain. There was a war, and by God’s grace, we won. A nation was formed under His name- a nation that said “all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” A nation whose pledge stated that we would remain “under God”.
When our nation threatened to split itself in half over the cruelty of slavery, God showed his hand again and we were made the United States once more.
But as the 20th century slipped by, our nation shifted. We don’t care as much about what God desires for us- we only care about our desires. We don’t share stories of grandfathers, history, of family traditions. We simply follow the crowd and let valuable lessons slip by.
We, as a nation who calls itself Christian, has lost its Christ-likeness. The very word “christian” means “little Christ”. We are to be made more like Christ- but our nation has fallen away from that.
Yes, our nation has lost its culture- but we, as true believers and followers of Christ, have a culture that will withstand all shifting of other cultures and nations.
Though the nations may fall off of maps and disappear, as followers of Christ we can know that our nation- the body of Christ around the globe, and above the globe- will never disappear- for Christ is our unshifting foundation- our cornerstone that holds us to Him.