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  • Writer's pictureMatt Garris

For God and Country

The following post is adapted from my personal academic coursework.

A classmate of mine stated that he believes “the United States is a country worth working hard for.” I agree wholeheartedly! President Reagan famously said that “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it only comes once to a people.” While we certainly have our problems, I believe that beneath the grime and brokenness, the United States of America is still that shining city on a hill and very much worth the fight and effort to pass this treasure down to our posterity. I commend those who choose to devote their lives in service to this cause.

Patriotism aside, there is an even greater reason to work hard in service to this country or any other worthwhile cause to which people may devote themselves. As Colossians 3:23 (NKJV) reminds us, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. As Christians, it should be our heart’s desire to serve God by serving people. This is the path to a life well lived.


Holy Bible, New King James Version. (2020). Thomas Nelson (Original work published 1982).

Ronald Reagan Library (n.d.). Inaugural address: January 5, 1967.


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