Proud to be an American

 As a 24-hour-a-day news junkie, I’m always surprised to see how the news is sometimes twisted to favor a particular view. I have never seen our country so divided. Sports superstars refuse to stand for our national anthem, so many politicians in Washington and state houses are self-serving even unto the threat of destroying the very country they represent, it’s sad. 

It’s now not cool to stand for our anthem, respect our teachers, pledge allegiance to our flag or even say you’re a Christian or patriot. It seems we have devalued what’s important and found new ways to support the wrong. 

I think back over generations of my family. Oh, I’m not saying that over the decades’ someone didn’t go to jail, someone didn’t make mistakes. Every family has some skeletons in the closet – but I never once heard of a family member that wasn’t proud of their country. Generations have served proudly in the U.S. armed services – some even went to war to defend a country that they loved. 

Then they turned it over to us, the next generation. Somehow we let the train leave the tracks. I witnessed my grandfather talking about politics. Sometimes his man won, sometimes he didn’t but I never heard him say the man in office wasn’t his president. 

I guess we could write volumes on what went wrong. Some say taking prayer out of schools has caused this. Others say taking God out of everything, or the decline in church attendance or maybe the complete lack of knowing God or our rich American history has led to a breakdown on how we act and treat others. It’s sad.

Maybe all of those things are correct. Maybe the press has a lot to do with it. As a member of the press, I sometimes get access behind the scenes and see how a story develops and then see how it’s reported or in some cases not reported at all. We have to tell the story – completely and accurately. If we do that the reader is smart enough to make their own decision if they like what is happening or not. 

That’s why we at The Missions Tribune take this so seriously. It’s not just a job to us. If it was, the low and no pay would have driven us to another field long ago. No, it’s because this job is a calling. It’s what we were put on earth to do. Yes, we make mistakes. No, we’re not better than anyone else. We all have our mission and not one of them is more important than the other. 

We are trying to cover news that affects the family. From around the world, to our nation’s capital, to inside a local church, it’s all important and often not told. We have a reporter, Mark Wolde, in Africa full time reporting events as they unfold. It’s not the safest place in the world and I am always concerned for his well being. Sometimes we don’t hear from him because he is in a place with no access to the outside world. So we hang on and wait for contact. 

I have been there. I have been in homes where the parents are grieving the loss of a teenager that lost a battle with the drug epidemic that is sweeping our nation. I have seen death and destruction up close and I see people in other countries fighting and dying for the freedoms that we are giving away here in the USA. We have been reporting on Leah Sharibu for months and I’m so amazed at her courage to not deny her faith in Christ. That decision has now cost her dearly. She has been made a slave for life. Maybe we could all learn from this teenager.

All of our reporters and columnist write with a passion and they do it for very low pay and it’s not always payday on Friday. Now we are at a point where we need your help. If you want to see this type of newspaper and news outlet continue to get in there and find the stories that really matter, the ones that will have a bearing on your family, church, or liberties please consider helping us in our gofundme campaign. It’s easily and for your support of $25 or more, we’ll send you a yearly newspaper subscription and add you to our email list so you can get full access to stories every week on our website! 

We have written a lot about the poor and oppressed and we understand if you can’t afford $25 but do know that any amount is appreciated and it helps us keep the stories coming to you. This paper has survived a lot in our one and a half years of existence but I know with your help we’ll be around for years to come! Thanks for your help, thanks for being a loyal reader. Please write to us and tell us what you would like in the paper, tell us your story or ideas, give us any feedback – it’s greatly appreciated. 

Now let’s put our combat boots on and march into the field. Thank you for being a part of our team!  

Jeff McCoy


The Missions Tribune