Bad things happen. Human beings are imperfect. America is imperfect, and our history is riddled with imperfection. However, I love this country, flaws and all.
I am heartbroken when I see injustice. Injustice is sin. From a Biblical perspective, justice is a heart issue and a law of God issue. If the law of God says this and you do that, then it is unjust. If the law of God says this and your heart goes toward that, then it is unjust.
Identity politics is divisive. It should be rejected not because it demands justice for those who have been unjustly treated, but because it poses a threat to republican self-government by corroding patriotic ties and demanding special treatment rather than equality under the law.
It’s hard to give thanks when you feel you’ve been wronged. Rather than giving forgiveness, you feel like getting even. In my experience, forgiveness is the better path to take. Why? Because I have evidence that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. That’s a promise in Romans 8:28. Believe it.
That doesn’t mean we should give thanks for all things. People hurt people. There is evil in this world. However, we should give thanks in all things because God ensures He will settle the score. We only have to love Him, trust Him, and love our neighbors as ourselves. It’s conditional in that order.
My prayer for you and me is that we can renew our minds to transform our hearts to grow neighborly love in the United States of America. Then we can live out the proclamation of gratitude that our beloved 1st President, George Washington, so eloquently expressed.