I have spent plenty of time criticizing, lamenting for, and preaching to my country and countrymen. This is not one of those times. Any chastisement offered comes from the same love that produces admiration, and admiration is often due to America. Reflecting on what passed in my hometown last week (the photos below were taken this morning, a mile from my office), and how the people of Chattanooga and Tennessee have responded (with a grace and peace seldom similarly represented by the news media), the Lord has reminded me of the joy and privilege it is to live here in spite of it all.
I am blessed to be called a citizen of the United States.