It is no secret that I have been very concerned about Trump’s credo statement, “Make America great again”, However, I have changed my mind. It was hard at first to see past what I felt was the heart motive of such a mantra. I saw it as an arrogant statement proclaiming a quest for global supremacy through power and wealth. But I recalled the words of Jesus, “The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted”. [Matthew 23] It dawned on me then that God had miraculously turned man’s intentions around for His own purposes in His own ways. God was making America genuinely great!
With so many Americans facing crisis during 2020, greatness manifested itself in ways I did not expect. Greatness rose its head above our pain and suffering in the form of selfless servanthood. It manifested itself among the public health and science community who worked day and night for months to develop life saving vaccines in spite of skeptics who believed the challenge was too immense. Greatness emerged among the thousands upon thousands of medical workers in hospitals across the nation, putting their own welfare on the line, and sometimes literally sacrificing their lives in effort to save hundreds of thousands of sick and dying people. Greatness has exposed itself in the humility of thousands of volunteer workers running food banks, serving tirelessly, enabling millions of hungry Americans to feed their families. Greatness has emerged through ministries and mental health care organizations who have stood in the gap, keeping hopelessness at bay among those who have run out of options. My list could go on and on about all the people in our nation who have acted selflessly as true “public servants”. I think of all those who have put themselves on the front lines; people like school teachers, postal workers, grocery store clerks. All that to say, the words of Jesus have proven once again to be true: “The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted”. Yes, America is in fact very great!