Coaching America’s Goodness

American GoodnessBy: Susan Bea Good

Community youth soccer started last Saturday. I arrived early on the sidelines, with my camp chair and chai, to watch two of my young grandsons play. Besides the terrific weather, I noticed people behaving like Americans do…good! (“well” if you obey grammar rules)

Volunteer coaches were on the fields, running alongside their players, offering encouragement and advice for improvement. Scores were kept, but all sides cheered when any child worked to do well. We all shared in the accomplishments of the children. I was impressed at this example of American goodness.

Daily media news coverage suggests that our nation is anything but “good.” Our highest ranking leaders portray us as an unjust, selfish, racist country. I strongly disagree…America is good!

Our very foundation of government is based on biblical principles of fairness and freedom. Our national moral compass has traditionally been set for self-sacrifice, giving our treasure and lives to help and protect the needy around the world…even to those who hate us.

Yesterday’s announcement of Obama’s Attorney General’s resignation was good news. We need more resignations of leaders who hate this nation, regularly calling us “bad.”

I’ll be at another soccer game this Saturday, enjoying the sight of Americans sacrificing to make our nation good. I will do my best to contribute to that goodness, by keeping score and cheering for all who try hard to do well.

“Oh, how abundant is Your goodness, which You have stored up for those who fear You and worked for those who take refuge in You, in the sight of the children of mankind!” (Psalm 31:19?ESV)

The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it.


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