How Much Do I Really Want to be Great?


I wish I knew …

what Donald Trump really means when he says he would like “to make America great again.” And I ask myself, what does being great mean to me?

If becoming great means that we seek to become a nation where all lives matter, then I will gladly cast a vote for the person who has a desire to lead us to become that. I would love to be part of a nation in which immigrants who are in genuine need find acceptance and generosity; in which the poorest of all have equal opportunity to experience a better life; in which every minority race feels heard and is treated fairly by business owners, schools and churches; in which a child in the womb, under whatever circumstances they arrived there, has an opportunity to be born; in which those who think differently or live differently (because of personal or religious beliefs) would not feel marginalized, categorized or generalized; in which those in authority are respected; in which women and children are not exploited for gain; in which greed and power are not held in esteem above honesty and humility; and in which unity is sought through listening rather than spewing hateful, degrading, and sarcastic remarks about those with whom we disagree.
If the motive behind the mantra (becoming great) is a call to the restoration and revitalization of the human spirit to hope, as well as a resurrection of civility and charity among all races and religions, then I’m for that kind of greatness.

But if the motive is a hope of becoming a rich and powerful nation whose people are held captive to supremacism (meaning that “a particular age, race, species, ethnic group, religion, gender, social class, belief system, or culture is superior to other variations of that trait, and advocates those who identify with it to dominate or control those who do not”), I want no part of electing a person like that. That is not greatness to me.

The exact thing that the disciples of Jesus wanted seems to be what we still want today. We want a savior to make it all great. We want easy lives with little suffering. The only problem is that isn’t what Christ-like greatness really is. I don’t know if America will ever be great again. But I do believe that greatness starts with a humble heart. And whether our country is a great nation or not, Jesus is calling for His people to be …
“And Jesus called them to him and said to them, ‘You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

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