America’s many faces are a lot like a 1970’s photo cube that sits on a pedestal and spins around so you can see all the pictures. One face of America is a picture of injustice and prejudice. But when the cream rises to the top, such as Martin Luther King, America and her freedoms are given part of the credit for the success – and rightly so.
Paintings of American Faces come in various colors. Some of the faces are sad with hollow eyes. Others are happy and hopeful. But no matter what color our face is, or what side of town we were born on, we are all Americans. Even with America’s shortcomings, we love her. And even if some of her many faces are not up to snuff, we cry for her and die for her.
A face of resolve and determination is necessary at times. Do we live in just such a time now? ‘Some’ of us remember typing this sentence in school: “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.” We could at least agree that we live in a time of extreme turmoil. A time where we need to get back to the mindset that prevailed right after the 9/11 attacks and the attack on Pearl Harbor. Commander in Chief of the Imperial Combined Fleet, Imperial Admiral Yamamoto stated just after the Pearl Harbor attack: “We have awakened a sleeping giant and instilled in him a terrible resolve”. Although we live in this time of turmoil, we also live in a time of hope.
A softer side of America’s face is her belief in a higher power and her desire to keep that belief alive. In an article by Andrew Strom, Kansas City’s “Revival”, Mr. Strom states that he believes Kansas City is the key city for Revival in America. He says these revivals are really Awakenings and bring the people back to God, time and time again. His ministry is about revival, repentance and prayer. He is convinced that Kansas City is utterly crucial to God’s plan for the next Awakening. He believes America needs a new revival to awake her people from its slumber.
America needs to put on her BEST FACE which shines brightly through an old, tarnished, slightly torn canvas and a multi-colored painting of “We The People” so the world can see her in a new light. Let us be vigilant to fight for our freedoms because even with her faults, America is still the most benevolent, caring country in the world. She is the Land of the Free.