Here is a discussion that is LONG OVERDUE!
Lots of people — modern Liberals — have spread the notion that the people of the United States do not have a common culture or a national identity. Where does this absurd idea come from? Well, insanitybytes22 — perhaps with greater wisdom than I have — does not deal with that aspect of the this issue. What she focuses upon is showing that we do have a common culture, a national identity, and that is vitally important.
If you have ever been to another country, you will know right away it is not the same. I remember when I was a child in Japan, on the other side of the globe. I was a military brat, and seeing Japan was fun. Still, I knew Japan was not home. I knew home was America. Because of those days now long ago, I still get a thrill seeing the American flag waving to me from the top of a pole. To me it says home.
What would cause people to deny the American People share a common culture, lack a national identity? I think it is the new national religion, Secularism. Multiculturalism is a major tenet of this belief, and multiculturalism is integral to separating us from our Christian heritage.
Because it most empowers the already powerful, many well-connect people in this country see it as in their best interest to foist Secularism upon us, and the belief in multiculturalism is perhaps the most effective tool of the Secularist movement. That’s because it teaches that all beliefs are equally valid.
Think about it. If beliefs are equally valid, then whatever it is you want to believe — find most convenient to believe — is just fine. Is that not a tempting thought? What if it was okay to do whatever you could get away with? Would not that lovely belief discourage you from making any concerted effort to understand and appreciate your Christian heritage? Isn’t Christianity way to strict?
Yet consider the consequences.
Matthew 22:15-22 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Pharisees: Is It Lawful to Pay Taxes to Caesar?
15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk. 16 And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men. 17 Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”
18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? 19 Show Me the tax money.”
So they brought Him a denarius.
20 And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?”
21 They said to Him, “Caesar’s.”
And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22 When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left Him and went their way.
When Ravi Zacharias (rzim.org) explains the meaning of this passage, he observes that if the man who asked Jesus that question had been seriously interested in the answer (and not entrapping Jesus), he would have had a follow-up question. “What belongs to God?” Zacharias thinks Jesus would have asked him: “whose image is on you?”
Whose image is on you? Many of the people who first settle this great land came here for religious freedom. When the king would have had them believe his image was upon them, they came here to make certain their children understood they were made in the image of God, not any king or even Caesar. That is a part of the American national identity we must preserve.
Nationalism tends to conjure up negative ideas, as in patriotism gone all wrong, and eventually kinder, kuche, and kirche, and people saluting the fatherland. In truth however, nationalism simply means “loyalty and devotion to a nation; especially : a sense of national consciousness.”
Something I stubbornly insist on, America has a national identity, a national consciousness. We are a tribe. It’s a tough concept to explain to others because we are like fish in water and cannot see what is all around us. We are so used to it, that attempting to define it is challenging. America is also diverse, the blending of many cultures all wrapped up in idealism and shared values, but ideals that do not always manifest themselves in the real world. From the old comic books, we believe in “truth, justice, and the American way,” but often after the fact, after truth and justice have been…
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