What has happened to Ronald Reagan’s “Shining City on a Hill”? America the Beautiful lies in rags today. Truth has been trodden into the dirt, and no one seems to care. Our flag, the very symbol of what America means, is maligned and cursed. What has happened to the words of President Kennedy: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country?” We have told God that He is not welcome here, we have sown the wind and reaped the whirlwind. No enemy need try to destroy us because we are doing a very good job of it ourselves. It seems that for some the very name America gives reason to turn away in disgust. Yes, the shining city on a hill lies in ruins today. “For these things I weep, mine eye runneth down with water because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me, because the enemy has prevailed.” (Lamentations 1:16) America herself weeps today.
Madeline P. Mingay, Boise