Now, as you know, I spend a lot of time talking about the great sacrifice of our war veterans and those presently serving in our military, and we want to always take the time to give great honor and respect to those who have given us, are giving us, our freedom.
But, having said that let me say this – honor and sacrifice are not limited just to our military. It is the job of all Americans to act honorably as citizens and to be ready to sacrifice for the betterment of our nation. Simply said, we are a nation, America, “one nation under God”, but we are also individuals with individual responsibilities, and each of us must carry our own share of the weight in our nation if we are to succeed as a nation.
Did you know that when America went to war with England in 1776, only about 16% of all able-bodied men fought for the colonies? You say, “Why was that – why didn’t they fight?” Because so many people were not willing to really stand up for America.
Isn’t that where we are today as a nation of people? So many Americans are more interested in talking down our America, while what our nation really needs so desperately today is for us as American citizens to stand up!
It was patriot Edmund Burke who said, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing”. But, you say, “What can I do, I’m just one person?”
One other powerful Edmund Burke quote says this, “No one can make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he can only do a little”.
A few reports back I talked about the Washington Monument which stands in Washington, DC, and the question was asked, “Why did they choose to make the Washington Monument a pillar? The answer? Because a pillar is the best representation of George Washington as a person – it is a reflection of his character – in tough and difficult times George Washington stood firm like a pillar.
But the question today which must be asked is this: If a monument was built to honor you and to represent who you are as a person what would that monument look like? Sadly, many of us would have to admit that if our own monument was built, it might not be very much at all.
But the good news is this – there’s still time, we still have the opportunity now to stand up, to pledge our allegiance – not just with our words, but more importantly with our actions.
And just where do we find the strength to be a pillar? The same place George Washington did – Almighty God; God was George Washington’s strength. Listen to a part of George Washington’s prayer for America. He said,
“Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that thou wilt incline the hearts of our citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally, that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity and humility”.
And he ends the prayer with these simple words,
”Grant our supplication, we beseeched thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord,Amen.”
It was Abraham Lincoln who said, “If you look for the bad in people, you will surely find it”. Let us not be so quick to look for the bad in our nation and our people, but instead to look for the good – but not with blind eye. As we look for the good in America, let us be part of that good by standing up for what is right, seeking out justice and truth, and being honorable. God bless you and don’t forget to subscribe.
About Jerry Stewart
I am a story teller. Since 1998, I have been telling the true stories of our nation and those Americans gone before us. To say the least, these stories have been well received by Americans, both young and old. So, here’s where the stories have taken me. In 1998, I was broadcasting my stories on just one radio station in Washington State. Today, from Texas 15 years later, these programs are now broadcast through a syndicated radio network to over 400 radio stations all across America, with literally millions of listeners.
“America is great because America is good. And if America ever ceases to be good, it will cease to be great.”
French Philosopher, Alexis De Tocqueville 1840
“The spirit of this city and this nation will not be defeated because our deeply rooted faith will sustain us”.
Plaque at the Oklahoma City Bomb Site
“I regret i have but one life to lose for my country.”
Nathan Hale, just before he was hanged by the British army
“Many men fail because they quit too soon. They lose faith when the signs are against them. They do not have the courage to hold on, to keep fighting in spite of that which seems insurmountable. If more of us would strike out and attempt the impossible, we very soon would find the truth of that old saying – nothing is impossible”.
Doctor C.E. Welch, Founder of Welch's Grape Juice
“What we obtain for too cheap a price, we esteem too lightly.”
“Son, remember that God is your only sure trust.”
George Washington’s Mother
“Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation. For tis better to be alone than in bad company.”
George Washington (Written as a Boy)
“Duty, honor, country. These three hallowed words reverently dictate what a soldier ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are the soldier’s rallying post to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when all hope is gone. Duty…honor…country.”
General Douglas Macarthur
“The philosophy of our school room in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.”
“You cannot lift your children to a higher level than that on which you live yourself.”
“Never let yourself be persuaded that any one great man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America; when America consists of one leader and 250 million followers, it will no longer be America.”