To save our nation, we must love it; and to love it, we must acknowledge both sides of our history—the good and the bad. We cannot ignore the rottenness of our past—like slavery; however, we also cannot ignore the heroism of our past—those who gave their lives to end it. One of the most destructive forces in our country is the disproportionate focus upon the negative history of our country. We have even allowed our history to be re-written so that our Founding Fathers no longer are heroes—rather, they are evil slave owners who didn’t believe women should vote. We no longer ponder their bravery and their brilliance which gave birth to the foundations of the most free structure of government the world has ever seen. Eric Metaxas wrote: “Heroism and ignominy both are part of our history. The only question is whether, having seen both, we can repent of the one and rejoice and be inspired by the other. Or whether we will let one of them tempt us so far away from the other that we have a deeply distorted view.” (If You can Keep It, by Metaxas) In suggesting that we view our country as God does, Metaxas wrote: “To love something is to see in it the hope and the promise that are in it, which our cynical, tired selves cannot see but which by God’s grace we can see. We do not fail to see the sins and failings, but we also see past them to the hope and the promise. Seeing the sins and failings is therefore not final and fatalistic. We see them but we see beyond them to the possibilities of goodness and forgiveness and redemption.” (Id.) Loving our country begins with us. If we, as individuals can learn to see ourselves as God sees us and love ourselves as God loves us—then love can be extended nationally. Love teaches us to hate the sin and love the sinner. Through the experience of God’s grace in our own lives, we can learn to love our country–despite it’s failings–because we see the hope and promise of forgiveness and redemption. Our county needs to unite and remember our past in a way that makes our future better. The hope for our nation is found in a collective purpose which is greater than our own prosperity. Hope begins in the heart that has received God’s grace.