Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18 ESV)

What comes to your mind when you hear the words “American Exceptionalism”?

I admit, to me, the these words, when used by today’s politicians, echo a sense of pride; a destructive kind of pride neatly disguised to represent patriotism. Hey, I could be wrong and that’s ok with me! Actually, I pray that I am wrong. There is no doubt that God has had His hands on America and has blessed this nation tremendously but as we continue to stray from His word, so does our recognition of this blessing. When I hear people talk about American Exceptionalism their words seem to point inward. They seem to be saying, “Look at what I have done,” or “Look at what we have done,” with absolutely no acknowledgement of God. Not everyone is guilty of this and I am not trying to paint everyone with a broad brush but I also do not hear words of caution coming from anyone. Take care, lest we commit the sins of Nebuchadnezzar! (more…)