“Talk show host Jay Leno recently scolded “Americans” for being a bunch of spoiled brats, unhappy with George Bush and our great country. For the most part, he said, we have safety, comfort and abundant freedoms. We need to stop listening to the media, which is overly focused on negativity. He further suggests that we should be more grateful for the blessings of being an American in America… Yes, we are a bunch of spoiled brats. Yes, we continue to view ourselves as being in a position of privilege in the world. Yes, as a country, we seem to have difficulty embracing the concept that there are limited resources. When we take more than our share, others suffer.”

Read the rest of the article here.

I absolutely understand where this guy is coming from. It’s not about us whining about our circumstances, but rather lamenting the wayward way in which this country is going. Some of the commenters at the bottom of the article thought that he was lamenting his own lifestyle, but I believe he was speaking collectively, as a whole. This is what our nation is doing, and I agree. It’s a sad thing to see where this country is headed and we are right to lament (as long as we are also doing our part to not contribute!).

Lately I’ve been reading the book of Jeremiah and these verses caught my eye:

“Jeremiah, say to the people, ‘This is what the Lord says:“‘When people fall down, don’t they get up again? When they discover they’re on the wrong road, don’t they turn back? Then why do these people stay on their self-destructive path? Why do the people of Jerusalem refuse to turn back? They cling tightly to their lies and will not turn around. I listen to their conversations and don’t hear a word of truth. Is anyone sorry for doing wrong? Does anyone say, “What a terrible thing I have done”? No! All are running down the path of sin as swiftly as a horse galloping into battle! Even the stork that flies across the sky knows the time of her migration,as do the turtledove, the swallow, and the crane. They all return at the proper time each year. But not my people! They do not know the Lord’s laws.

“‘How can you say, “We are wise because we have the word of the Lord,” when your teachers have twisted it by writing lies? These wise teachers will fall into the trap of their own foolishness, for they have rejected the word of the Lord. Are they so wise after all?'” -Jeremiah 8:4-9 NLT

Often I think the U.S. a lot like Israel in that this nation, which claims to have the word of God, is doing terrible things to the rest of the world and to ourselves, and yet we still think we’re so good and righteous. It’s a shame, really, because we’re not living out the very principles in which we claim to believe.

As a nation we’re full of deceit and ignorance, so how can we not be sad about that?