Posted on this site 30th March 2007
By Jim Meletiou
You were beautiful among
the nations! Was there ever a nation like you? You sent your missionaries and
envoys to every nook and corner of the earth. You out-shone all of the nations
of the world when you led the way to freedom, decency, and godliness.
What nation ever fought a
war (at the cost of a half million of her sons) to free a nation (or
sub-culture) of slaves? Have not all nations fought wars for selfish, greedy
purposes, to take their neighbor's land, to avenge some ill that their king
imagined? Yet America has
fought wars, not only to free her own slaves, but to free nations held captives
and many Communist nations. Has there ever been such a glorious nation, who
sacrificed her own sons in order to set free another people?
Yet what has happened to
you today, America?
Why have your institutions of learning become battle zones? And your beautiful
streets, how is it that many of them have been taken over by gun-toting gangs
of juveniles? Your parks and mountains were beautiful—"purple mountains'
majesty"—now being ruined by acid rain, by liters of beer cans, by run-off
of waste water from a thousand factories!
The children, the precious
children; what has happened to them? Who turned them into bleary-eyed monsters?
Was it the boob-tube that has turned many of them into zombies? Who taught them
to carry weapons into their classrooms and playgrounds. For what purpose do
they go into the classroom? To hate, to kill, to spread rebellion and
Oh, America, America! How I wish that my head
were full of water, and my eyes were rivers of tears—so that I could weep all
night for your children, your boys and your girls who begin having babies
before they're old enough to know their left hand from their right hand!
And your churches, America, and
most of all your churches and your synagogues that were once depositories of
truth. Haven't many of them become money-making enterprises, social clubs,
hide-outs for those who conspire acts of destruction?
Where is your heart, America? Is it
turned to getting more and more for yourself, and forgetting your
less-fortunate brother? Didn't America
become great while helping her neighbor, spreading her missionaries to the ends
of the earth, while showing good-will to all men? Have you forgotten, America, where
your prosperity and abundance came from? Did it come from your own hand, or did
it come as a blessing from the magnanimity of a God who rewards our kind deeds?
Consider your own
minorities, oh mountain
of America. Your black
people danced in the streets when your beloved President Lincoln issued the
proclamation freeing the slaves. Consider this carefully, Oh America: Those
who once danced in the streets, why are they today rioting in the streets? Is
it because you have harbored hatred and prejudice in your hearts against them?
Turn, turn, from your evil
ways, Oh America,
with all your heart, so that the blessings of the Almighty God may once again
be with you.
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