May this day of remembering the great privileges of living in the United States, as well as what good things it has contributed to the world, be grand for all who chance across this post!
Are we perfect? Certainly not. Are we more righteous than all other nations? A horrible question even to ask! But everyone has a family, and I love mine, warts and all. Cheers to the good parts, therapy to those we can rehabilitate, and prison for those who refuse to follow the social contract :-)
I am deeply grateful and privileged to be an American.
By the way, happened across an irritating piece on Christian radio on the way to the store today. The guest was giving a lovely piece of special pleading for Benjamin Franklin as a righteous man. Don't get me wrong. I am fond of Franklin and admire him in very many ways.
But I would never spin him as this godly, almost a Christian man, who might have believed on Jesus if only someone had shared the gospel with him before he reached his 80s. The guest's reading of this Letter to Ezra Stiles was a glorious exhibition of civil religious spin.
I stand corrected on the certainty, but it was at least strongly rumored in his day that Franklin was a womanizer, particularly in France with various women, while his wife stayed behind in America. His suspicions of Jesus' divinity were not some unthought through off the cuff answer. He was a child of his age and not close to a Christian in any historic sense and certainly not in any evangelical sense.
There was much of good to this man... but don't try to spin him as a Christian.