On this day when we as Americans celebrate our nation’s birth, take a moment to notice the Great Seal of the United States on the back of the dollar bill. One side of the seal illustrates an America eagle holding arrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other. The other side of the dollar pictures an unfinished pyramid with the eye of God shining over it. The author Jay Cormier notes that the designers of the seal, “saw the unfinished pyramid as a symbol of the founders’ belief that building a nation of justice and peace is a never ending task.”
From the beginning our country has been in need of continuous improvement, whether it has meant recognizing and repenting of the injustices committed against Native Americans, abolishing the inhumane practice of enslaving our fellow human beings, or removing the racial, political and cultural barriers to civil rights – just to name a few.
I would propose on this day of national celebration that we not focus on returning to some perceived past glory days of making America great again, instead committing together in unity of purpose toward God’s preferred future picture, continuously making America – and the world - better.