Monday, July 7, 2014

America The Good


French writer Alexis de Tocqueville, after visiting America in 1831, said,
"I sought for the greatness of the United States in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, her fertile fields, and boundless forests--and it was not there. I sought for it in her rich mines, her vast world commerce, her public school system, and in her institutions of higher learning--and it was not there. 

I looked for it in her democratic Congress and her matchless
Constitution--and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of
America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great!" S

Last Saturday I went to see the new movie America: Imagine the World Without Her” by author and producer Dinesh D’Sousa who asserts that the notion of the essential goodness of America is under attack, replaced by another story in which theft and plunder are seen as the defining features of American history—from the theft of Native American and Mexican lands and the exploitation of African labor to a contemporary foreign policy said to be based on stealing oil and a capitalist system that robs people of their "fair share". 

Our founding fathers warned us that, although the freedoms they gave us were hard fought, they could very easily be lost. America stands at a crossroads, and the way we understand our past will determine our future. “America” the movie takes 21st-century Americans into the future by first visiting our past.
I encourage you to see “America” and to continue to be “the good” that de Tocqueville saw as the greatness of America.

Your pastor and partner in ministry,

Mike & Ashley Crain a delightful young couple visited with me some time ago about moving to Hays and joining C3.  Well, they are arriving this Thursday and are needing help unloading.  If you can help or know of someone you can send it would be greatly appreciated.

Their address is going to be 315 E. 5th.  They will be here between 2 & 2:30 pm on Thursday

Thank you in advance for you help


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