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Portraying Patriotism in Today’s United States of America

When we show love, devotion, pride and honor toward our country we are exhibiting patriotism. As a young adult in the United States of America, I have discerned there are definable actions and behaviors that embody a proper U.S. patriot.

The United States Flag: A symbol of God-provided freedom, as well as justice, sacrifice and, above all, national patriotism established on a Biblical foundation. Photo courtesy of Aaron Burden on Unsplash

“Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him, who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still competent to adjust, in the best way, all our present difficulty” (Abraham Lincoln).

Since its establishment on July 4, 1776, the United States of America has endured victories and hardships, and these points in history define our country’s patriotism. Today’s media reports that the Godly patriotic principles our country was founded on are diminishing. However, this is a false agenda; there are U.S. citizens and young adults, including myself, who are still strong patriots and strive to keep patriotism alive.

“Turning Point USA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2012 by Charlie Kirk. The organization’s mission is to identify, educate, train and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets and limited government. Turning Point USA believes that every young person can be enlightened to true free market values.” This image (which you can click on to visit their website) portrays young patriots continuously being active in spreading foundation truth about the United States within the communities they live. This is one of many sources that show their foundational principles of patriotism still being practiced in the U.S. today. Courtesy of Turning Point USA

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As a senior in college I have been blessed with the opportunity to learn and observe over the years what makes a United States patriot. 

Despite the slander our culture promotes about American patriotism, I choose to exemplify being a patriot to my family, friends and community, by being diligent in honoring and learning about my country.

From what I have experienced I believe a true U.S. patriot is realizing and understanding that the United States is God’s sovereign nation and that through the Founding Fathers He has allowed our nation to continue to prosper. I also believe being a patriot means voting for political candidates and agendas that align with God’s word and being diligent in performing God-honoring civic duties.

The United States of America was solely established because God’s hand was over the nation as the Founding Fathers went through the process of their exodus from Great Britain. 

As explained by Christian Bible Study, “It is not just a civic duty to love and support America, it is also a Christian duty.”

Recently one of Missouri Baptist University’s Chapel speakers, renowned author Os Guinness, solidified this perspective and provided evidence that the basics of patriotism begin with and uphold their foundation in Godly principles.

Upon completing my seventh and final year in AHG with a 200-hour service project (summer 2018) to earn my Stars and Stripes Award, my troop threw a ceremony for me where I had the opportunity to share what I had learned about my country and how to best honor it. Courtesy of American Heritage Girls Troop 3469

Additionally, the Bible points us to understand as well in Psalm 33:12-22: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage. The Lord looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man; from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds.”

As a patriot and U.S. citizen, I desire to be an advocate for American ideals as our Founding Fathers had intended. The sacrifices of the Founding Fathers set the precedent for American patriotism in the past and present. 

The Founding Fathers along with other patriots of the United States paved the way for future generations to revere when understanding what it means to be a patriot.

As a former Stars and Stripes Award Recipient of American Heritage Girls, a Christ-centered character and leadership development program for girls ages 5-18, I had the opportunity to become more educated on why America is God’s sovereign nation and how American patriots should behave.

The AHG oath states: “As an American Heritage Girl, I promise to love God, cherish my family, honor my country, and serve in my community.”

Since completing the AHG program with honorable accomplishments I have carried these words with me and have truly taken them to heart. For me, as a U.S. patriot there is nothing more important than taking pride in the words outlined in the AHG oath.

I personally think AHG instills in young girls the importance of taking pride and devotion in their country. From my participation in the program for seven years, I can attest that AHG provided me with knowledge and with an enthusiastic heart for the U.S.  

Service is a highlighted attribute in the AHG program. As someone who is passionate about service, along with my AHG troop and my dad I constructed two picnic tables with benches and a single picnic bench during the summer of 2018, for my elementary school, Firm Foundations Christian Academy, as a way to portray patriotism and give back to my community. Photo by Tim Kunkel

Therefore I show patriotism by voting for candidates and legislation that align with Godly guidelines, believing those politicians will do their best to make the best decisions for my country.

I pray for the selfless patriots of our country – those who defend and protect our nation, specifically, those who serve in the military and first responders who protect our communities. These brave men and women have fought for our nation with an increased measure of devotion and patriotism.

With different life experiences, there is a possibility that people may view the makeup of patriotism adversely to what I do, however, these personal examples from my life have set the precedent for how I will continue to exemplify being a patriot going forward. 

After voting for the first time in 2020, I took a selfie with my “I Voted” sticker in hopes to be featured on the Rush Limbaugh website as a highlight for local voters during that particular election. Selfie by Jessica Kunkel

I have observed that to be a God-honoring patriot of the United States one must be bold while also being respectful. God has blessed me with the opportunity to live in a free country that he established. Therefore, I feel it is my duty to God and society to honor my country by standing up for the freedoms he provided us through the vessel of the Founding Fathers.

My future goal is to help educate my friends, family and community on the importance of being an American patriot by spreading the truth about my country in all circumstances, and by never surrendering my foundational rights to political agendas that don’t support Christian values and politicians who govern adversely than how the Founding Fathers had intended.

Throughout history God’s hand has been over the U.S. I truly believe He chose this country to carry out his divine purposes.

As Christ followers He has given us the responsibility to not only uphold His gospel mission, but to do so in our own sovereign nation.

Thus, as we continue to live under the Framers’ precedents of our nation, we always hope to continue to grow stronger as we continue to learn what makes U.S. citizens strong God-honoring patriots within the United States of America.

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Jessica Kunkel

Jessica Kunkel

Jessica Kunkel is the managing editor (2022-23) for MBU Timeline. A senior double majoring in communications studies and journalism with a minor in math, Kunkel is the current president of MBU’s sorority Gamma Delta Sigma. Her hobbies include Disney pin trading, playing tennis and hanging out with her friends, family and pet tortoise.

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