It saddens me when I am speaking with my neighbors and friends and they ask me questions about the United States, like "Aren't you afraid to walk the streets there?" and "Is it really as violent as the shows on TV?" Most of their impressions of the United States are negative. And why not? Everyday I read the headlines on the internet--school shootings, mall shootings, babies abandoned, kidnapped children, college students being raped and attacked, elderly being abused, and on and on it goes.
The most popular shows on television here are movies and serial dramas from the United States dubbed over in Spanish--murder mysteries, police detective dramas, emergency room scenes, and CNN with all the latest headlines--it is no wonder their only impression of the US is so negative.
It is difficult for me to convince them otherwise, that there are many upstanding citizens in the US who would never dream of doing the things that they see depicted on TV. But it does make me realize the evil days we are living in. The Bible says that in the last days we would see perilous times like never before, and the violence and lawlessness will increase yet more and more as we leave behind the truths of God's Word. At least it has given me an open door to explain to them how America has taken God out of the schools, out of our government, and the repercussions of doing so.
I do believe that the United States is a great country in the aspect of it's Bible preaching churches and God fearing people that want to do what is right, and for the gospel preaching missionaries that they send out to all parts of the world. May we who claim the name of Christ work diligently to preserve our heritage and pass it on to the next generation, and to all nations.