What Makes America Great?

Proverbs 14:34 “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

Alexis de Tocqueville, a French author, visited America in 1831 and had this to say about our United States “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!” “Righteousness exalteth a nation…” “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” America is more than colors, flags, parties and fireworks. Being an American is more than the love for our country’s rich history and proud future. We should recognize the fact that God and obedience to him is what started and has sustained America. America’s greatness is intermediately intertwined with our involvement with Him. A righteous America is exalted, but a sinful America is a reproach. The way to make America great again is for America to be righteous again. The best thing we can do for our country is not wear a flag pin or say a pledge, but rather it is to live righteously for the God and his principles that the country was founded upon. Righteousness is what makes a country great and that is what America needs most. Soul winning, bus visiting, singing in the choir, youth rallies and the Bible are just as patriotic as flags and apple pie.

William Davis

Youth | Assistant Pastor

Clays Mill Baptist Church