God Blesses America, But Says There’s Room For Improvement

God Bless AmericaI was preparing The House on the Hill for today’s Fourth of July celebration, when I was startled by a knock at the door.  It was much too early for guests to be arriving, but then again, Otherworldly Beings aren’t exactly known for their sense of time.

I was correct, Modern Philosophers, in guessing that the being on my porch was not of this world, but what I didn’t expect was that it was a Heavenly Creature.

“Happy Independence Day,” she said as her angelic wings compacted and then vanished from sight.  “You must be Austin.”

I knew she had to be an Archangel because of the gold pin of a flaming sword on her lapel.  This marked the third visit by an Archangel to The House on the Hill, but the first time my guest was a female.  “I’m Rachel, one of the Archangels,” she explained as she offered me her hand.  “I was sent to deliver a message.”

AngelOf course she was.  I shook her hand and invited her inside.  After she declined my offer of a Snapple, we sat on the couch to get down to business.  “I know you have been visited by Michael and Gabriel previously, so my presence shouldn’t startle you,” she said hopefully as she settled her Angelic form onto a couch where some very non-Church sanctioned activity had occurred over the years.  “God has a few thoughts that he’d like you to convey to your followers, Austin.”

The visits from Gabriel and Michael, also asking me to get God’s word out to the masses, had made me nervous, but Rachel’s visit was unnerving me so much that I was sure I was sweating through my toga.  Every time she said my name I felt an army of goose bumps march across my skin.  I’m pretty certain she knew I was out of sorts and also the reason for my odd behavior.  But she simply offered her Angelic smile and continued as if all is well.

“On this, the celebration of your nation’s Independence, God Blesses America,” the Angel explained, but I knew there was a “but” coming.  God always had a “but”.  “He would like you to express that He still feels Americans could be better citizens of Earth.  There is still too much evil in this great nation, and it upsets Him.  God wants Americans to realize how truly blessed they are, and He believes they have lost sight of that and He is not pleased.”

GodI gulped.  Really loudly.  I wished I had gotten a Snapple for myself as my throat was as dry as the Sahara, and I had sweated out the Red Sea.  My Catholic upbringing made me react like it was the end of the world when an Archangel implied that the actual end of the world might be coming.

“God truly loves the United States,” Rachel assured me and for some reason, anything she said I immediately took to be the truth.  “He just needs to see some improvement, a movement towards a better way of life.  A revolution if you will.  Do you think you could deliver this message?”

I just nodded.  It was all I could muster in the moment.  Rachel smiled at me from the couch and her eyes bored a hole straight through to my troubled soul.  I wanted to gulp again, but I felt completely paralyzed.

“Thank you for being a wonderful host,” she said as she stood up.  “I don’t know what it is about this place, but I feel like I’ve been here before.  It’s almost like home to me.”

She looked around with recognition in her eyes, shrugged, and then suddenly, the wings were back.  Rachel smiled, waved her goodbyes, and was then consumed by the most beautiful golden light.

And then I was alone.  I haven’t even changed out of my sweaty toga yet.  I had to type up this post first so that God’s message, given to me from the lips of the most beautiful being I’d ever encountered, could be sent to all of you.

Excuse me now, Modern Philosophers.  I need to gather myself, find a new toga, and ready The House on the Hill for my Fourth of July party.  If only I could stop thinking about the Archangel Rachel long enough to function…

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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15 Responses to God Blesses America, But Says There’s Room For Improvement

  1. Right on! I love it! Keep ’em coming, Modern Philosopher…

  2. masterwaddle says:

    That is the great thing about this country. We can influence change. Nice post.

  3. floridaborne says:

    I don’t know if I want to be in the proximity of God’s “but.”

    I like what Mark Twain had to say about the USA, which is a Republic and NOT a Democracy.:

    “For in a Republic, who is “the country”? Is it the Government which is for the moment in the saddle? Why, the Government is merely a servant—merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn’t. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.” Mark Twain

    I just wish our politicians would recognize that this nation was founded on individual liberties, not a “nanny state” where the government runs the people.

    • Austin says:

      And because is America, you are free to think those ideas and post them on a blog. God Bless America!

      • floridaborne says:

        You used to be free to think those thoughts in a USA where people’s email and web surfing activities weren’t being stored by the NSA, or where there wasn’t a Patriot Act or where the NDAA. hadn’t stripped away a legal US resident’s right to be free of unlawful search and seizure.

        The USA I grew up in still had the right to privacy, the second amendment was your right to carry, and there were still a few reporters who weren’t in the pockets of corporations, special interests, or the government. While the USA has never been perfect, because humans can’t be perfect, our founders added in an amendment process so the mistakes of the past could be corrected (such as slavery).

        I have to say, “God bless the USA by bringing back the Republic for which it stands.” Why? When tanks and soldiers have to go through Boston forcing people to allow them to search their homes, it means a USA that followed the principles inherent in the constitution is morphing into a generic America that is a Police State.

        I am saddened that on the day a great nation was forged there are legal US residents who can’t understand what they’re celebrating. The Constitution is the foundation for our country, not an optional, outdated document. We are supposed to live in THESE United States of America, not The United States of America. We are supposed to be legal US residents, not “American citizens.” Without a firm understanding of these concepts, our nation is doomed.

        I used to love celebrating July 4th. Now I feel as if I’m witnessing the death of a loved one. I hope that the next angel who visits us is the angel of hope, not the angel of death.

      • Austin says:

        Have a great Fourth of July!

      • floridaborne says:

        Thanks. 🙂

  4. michaelmulholland says:

    We need to go back in time of our four fathers, live accordingly, and quit stomping on the constitution and it’s amendments…our government today has disgraced all that America was built on…

  5. drishism says:

    I have never met an Archangel. While there is “clearly” room for improvement (if God said it, then I am not going to risk getting struck by lightning by disagreeing)… there is still no other country I would rather live in. The U.S.A. has problems, but there are many countries where changing those problems would not be as easy because of the lack of a democratic voting system.

    Am I happy with everything the government is currently doing? No way. Limiting corporate influence in politics is a necessary step to improvement… But even with corporate influence in politics, change/improvement can still happen. Not every country has the ability to safely vote the way the U.S.A. can.

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