Big Question: What does being a citizen of the United States truly mean?
Risking it all
All throughout American history individuals have surfaced who have risked everything to follow God. The Pilgrims fully embodied this trait. They left their homes in England, got on a ship and sailed across the Atlantic to a foreign land. Queen Esther mimicked these traits as well, she put everything on the line. Her position as queen, her life, her families lives, and the lives of her people were at risk. She relied on God and He did not let her wither.
" Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
There are many people honorable people in history but one stands out the most, Theodore Roosevelt. By the end of President Roosevelt's life, many people respected him. He was a great leader and did great things for this nation as President. A Bible character who shared in these traits was Daniel. He did not waver away from God when King Nebuchadnezzar banned the practice of his religion.
Faith Driven (keeping Christ at the center of their lives)
If anyone possess the characteristics of an "American" it would be Billy Graham. Reporter Grant Whacker says that Graham is,'' as American as apple pie!" Throughout his life, Graham has allowed the Lord to use him to touch the lives of thousands of people worldwide. One who shares the same qualities with Mr. Graham would be Paul the Apostle. Paul used his teachings to impact the lives of many people. His teachings are still at work today.
Homer Hickam had a passion for rocketry. He used his talents to pave a way into NASA and used his story to inspire others. Passionate people are found throughout the Bible but one stands out the most. A women who goes by the name of " the Shulammite." Her story is found in the Songs of Songs and it is a tale about passionate love.
"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." 1 John 4:8
Martin Luther King, Jr. had a mission in life; to bring everyone together. He, out of all of the famous names in history, exemplifies all five traits of an "American" in my opinion. He risked everything, he was honorable, faith driven, passionate and had the goal of global unity. He and John the Baptist shared these traits, both were imprisoned for their teaching and both died speaking the truth of the Gospel.