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I ask you. Where are Pat Tillmans today? Many no longer exist, having laid down their lives for their fellowman. At a time when America could benefit greatly from stories of men like Tillman, America is having to endure force-fed-slop of journalists who are looking to make a name for themselves, even if it means trashing men like Tillman. Shame on them. They, by their self-promotion, are driving this nation to despair. Because of men like Tillman I feel good about America, my faith, and my service to this country. It is men like Tillman that make me want to reflect on goodness instead of evil, character instead of wrongdoing, blessings instead of denunciations. I pledge to honor Tillman’s sacrifice and thank God for his selfless devotion to my country on every occasion. So help me, God.
This is tale of only two lives. But I could have included yours. I'm sure you're probably not a world-class athlete or a war hero, but nonetheless, you are virtuous. Why do I say this?The fact that you support your community and trust God, while others harbor disdain and contempt about America, tells something about you. The fact that you can read a paper like this and be moved by it speaks volumes about your pride and character. You, everyday person that prays and works for good of others, you are one who carries this nation. If country were left to naysayers only, it would become yesterday’s news overnight.
In each of these stories, I named an individual who turned his back on good life to serve his fellowman and who ultimately gave supreme sacrifice---his life. Please be advised, virtue won't be found in every person because it’s a rare gem and costs more than some are willing to pay; however, for those who do possess it and share its value willingly, I think America would do well to learn from these beautify people and esteem their heroism above all else. What is needed in America, more than greater material possessions, more than “right” politicians, more than harangue of Hollywood’s elite, is more Adults modeling virtuous lives before little ones. If we lose this generation to self-interest, we will lose, period. I think America is at a crossroads in history. She can move forward and change world by current world events, or she can move into isolation and despair, hoping world goes away. The later choice is weak and unrealistic. The times are not going to get easier, according to Bible; therefore, we need to batten down hatches and sow seeds of true character and virtue, to harvest New World that’s soon coming. Remember, character still counts. I ask you, can America count on you?
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