The understanding of earlier generations was if you had no interest in your country it demonstrated a lack of concern for the well being of others. Evangelical founding father Benjamin Rush was known as “the father of public schools under the Constitution,” stated, “Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and…is both a moral and a religious duty. It comprehends not only the love of our neighbors but of millions of our fellow creatures, not only of the present but of future generations.” Rush believed the main purpose of education was to educate students, to love and serve God, country, and their family, in that order. He understood, as we are seeing today, that if government is neglected by apathetic citizens we will have leaders creating hostile policies that go against our values and beliefs which are essential for forming stable families. The pulpits were also very bold in preaching this biblical truth. In 1895, the Reverend Henry van Dyke declared: “The true patriot is he who maintains the highest ideal of honor, purity, and justice for his country’s laws and rulers and actions. The true patriot is he who is willing to sacrifice his time and strength and prosperity to remove political shame and reform political corruption….The true patriot is he who works and votes with the same courage that he would fight, in order that the noblest aspirations of a noble people may be embodied in the noblest rulers.” God has entrusted us with a stewardship government, but when citizen complacency rules, wrong policies are made. Therefore, we can not point our fingers at “them” for the hostile policies we are witnessing today. Instead, maybe we need to look at “us” and begin to re-engage the civil arena from a biblical perspective out of love for our neighbor.
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39Blessings, Tom Hughes
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Source: U TURN by George Barna and David Barton