I am very proud to be an American. Some of my ancestors came to this country before it was a country. I have ancestors who fought in every major war since the Revolutionary.
In some ways it's hard this time of year to not have my identity grounded in Americanism. For all this country's problems, difficulties, and struggles I am proud to be an American.
But being an American is not the only thing that should define me. First and foremost my purpose in this world is not to be an American. It is to follow God and glorify Him. People from every country and nation have the opportunity to accept Jesus and follow Him. It is not an exclusive American right.
We are also reminded in Hebrews that we are merely pilgrims on this world and we are to be looking for a permanent home in heaven (11:13-16). God has placed each of us where he wants us to live. No matter what pride we take in our country, it should be secondary to our love of God and our desire to be with Him forever.
On this day when we celebrate the founding of our country let us remember this is not our final home. While we sing the songs and watch the fireworks, take time to thank God for what He has given us now and look ahead to what is to come with Him.