On July 4th, Celebrate America, But Don’t Worship It

Posted on September 8, 2013 – 09:03 am

Image: JD Hancock via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

On July 4th,Americans will wave our flags proudly,belt out our national songs triumphantly,and consume our barbecue and lemonade a little too freely. Why? Because we live in America,the best nation this planet has had the privilege to host. I’m grateful to be an American,and I enjoy the many freedoms and benefits that come with my citizenship. Nonetheless,our nation’s history has a track record for taking patriotism beyond gratitude and into nationalist idolatry. Many Americans through the years have harvested a superiority complex—a mentality and posture that has been harmful to our country and others. Patting our backs for our supreme eminence is not how we should be celebrating this holiday.

The belief that a nation singularly surpasses the standard and therefore must lead the world in politics,economics,culture,morality etc. is called exceptionalism. In our country,this mindset extends all the way back to our early settlers: the Puritans.You think America has got it great today? You should’ve seen it 400 years ago. It was paradise—no King,no Catholics,no Anglicans,no Baptists,and almost no sinners.

In 1630,John Winthrop (1588-1649),a Cambridge educated Puritan,led 700 intrepid souls across the Atlantic on the Arabella in hopes of establishing a “city set on a hill.” Winthrop became the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony,where he enforced standards of holiness on all the citizens. They left England in order to escape the worsening morals in government,the church,and society and lead righteous lives for the world to observe and imitate. Winthrop voices this mission in a tract he wrote on board the ship titled,“A Model of Christian Charity”:

For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us. So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken,and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us,we shall be made a story and a by-word through the world.

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4 1/2 c Berries
1 Bottle fruit pectin
7 c Sugar
1 Lemon
1. Wash fruit thoroughly. Crush. Add lemon juice. Add grated rind of 1/2 lemon. Add sugar. Mix thoroughly. Heat rapidly to full rolling boil. Stir constantly before and while boiling. Boil hard 2 minutes. Remove from fire and stir in fruit pectin. Skim.
This one is for huck..., huckleberries and sugar in large (8 quart) kettle, mixing well. Heat to a full rolling boil; boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in pectin; skim. Pour into hot, sterilized jars. Adjust lids and process in a boiling water bath canner for 5 minutes at altitudes from 0 to 1,000 feet or for 10 minutes from 1,001 to 6,000 feet.
Approximate yield: 9 to 10 half-pints

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