During the 2008 presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama’s connections with his longtime pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, caused him some severe personal and political discomfort. Wright’s church in Chicago is intensely Afrocentric, and Wright himself has such contempt for America’s racist past (and, he would say, present) that he used language from his pulpit calling on God to damn, not bless, America.
Rev. Wright is not alone. Some find it tempting to mock and deride our country because of its faults and failings. Sociologists say that the current generation of young adults has no confidence in any institution of any kind, including the national government.
St. Paul lived and worked in an empire with far fewer civil rights than ours. The Roman Empire officially sanctioned the murder of his Savior Jesus. And still he wrote, “There is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God” (Romans 13:1). That would seem to include China, Zimbabwe, and Cuba.
With all their flaws and shortcomings, national governments prevent things that God thinks are far worse: chaos and anarchy. God bless America.