I’ve never been a huge fan of the song, ‘I’m Proud to be an American.” but I don’t want to give anyone the impression that I’m not thankful for my rights, liberties, and heritage. I’m just not so quick to say I’m proud. Let’s face it, America is just as depraved as every other nation, and Capitalism is not any more holy than Socialism. Sometimes I think that we tend to look at our nationalities like a sporting event, as if the olympics are always going and the world cup is always on television.
Imagine if China had an equivalent song entitled, ‘I’m Proud to be a China Man.”
“I’m proud to be a China Man
Where at least we haven’t hit the debt ceiling.
And I won’t forget the men who are fighting
To keep our interest rates rising…”
I just feel that sometimes we as Christians hold to our nationalism too firmly.
At the risk of suggesting the dreaded WWJD question, imagine what Jesus might have sung in a equivalent version entitled, “I’m Proud to be an Israelite.”
“I’m proud to be an Israelite
Where at least we are God’s chosen people.
And I won’t forget the men who died
Because they drifted away from God’s principles.
And I proudly stand up next to you to uphold the law today
‘Cause this is our promised land
God crush the infidel.”
Just doesn’t have the same emotionally happy feeling.
So at the risk of sounding like an anarchist, and offending those I care about on one of the most sacred days of the year, I submit to you my rendition of this song with words I can back up.
“I’m thankful to be an American
Where at least I know I’m free to say what I think.
And I won’t forget the men who died to bring that right to me and you and those who disagree.
And I gladly stand up next to you to defend the rights of everyone.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt this land needs Christ.
God save the USA.”