We’ve all seen the T-shirt: “World’s Best Dad.” But once you’ve seen more than one, you realize you’ve been had.
It’s a scam. Any guy can wear it. Yes, it may actually be the World’s Best Dad – but then again, it may not be. Just be aware. Of course, you should probably treat the wearer well, just in case. You don’t want to be wrong about this.
In contrast, you can rest assured that this is undoubtedly the World’s Best Country.
And you can actually believe that as an act of humility, rather than vanity.
Not to burst your bubble, but we – today’s generations – didn’t make it the best country in the world, though the World War II generation and those who don uniforms to protect us have done more than their share to make it so.
No, superiority is not in our DNA. We weren’t born better than anyone else on the planet. We were just born more fortunate – because our birthright is the greatest freedom ever experienced by anyone in human history. No other nation in history not only regarded our most basic rights as coming from God, but put that in writing.
Freedom is our heirloom.
Rather than be a source of vainglory, that fact should humble us. And it should inspire us to be worthy of it.
And if we’re not, aren’t we letting down not only those who have blazed this trail for us, but the whole of humanity?
After all, this uniquely American brand of freedom has never been tried anywhere else before. It’s a huge test of human potential and propensity. We are, in effect, lab rats in a grand experiment to determine whether humans can govern themselves responsibly, long-term, under such divine emancipation.
The experiment shows alarming signs of going awry, as we test the limits of freedom and, perhaps, the forbearance of the Almighty.
Rampant promiscuity that sometimes descends into barnyard behavior. Procreation that’s often absent any parental instinct. Narcissism. Materialism. Self-indulgence. A culture that seems to promote depravity and deride and disdain wholesomeness.
Think that’s an exaggeration? Consider: While some plaintively claim it’s wrong to repudiate a quarterback who won’t stand to honor America, openly religious people are mocked: The highly spiritual athlete Tim Tebow was unmercifully ridiculed by the minor league baseball Charleston RiverDogs when he played there recently for the Columbia Fireflies.
Charleston’s team mascot, reports Sports Illustrated, “wore ‘John 3:16’ eyeblack and struck the ‘Tebowing’ (prayer) pose. … The RiverDogs also used the “Hallelujah Chorus” as Tebow’s walkup music for every one of his at-bats.”
If we think we’ve got the greatest country on Earth – and we do – then perhaps, on its birthday, we should resolve to treat it better. We can start by treating our fellow inhabitants better.
Then we can deepen our appreciation for what made America what it is – such as freedom; the rule of law that makes us all equal; the selfless sacrifice of our forebears, law enforcement and military; and our God, who has richly blessed us with abundance in our little experiment.
May God continue to bless America. And may we seek to be worthy of it.