• I Remember An America



By Barry Cameron
November 04, 2016

On this eve of the Presidential election, permit me a few moments of reminiscing and reflection …

I remember an America when God’s grace was upon us. When there was no question we were one nation under God and proud of it. When schools began the day with prayer, Bible reading and reciting the Pledge: “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

I remember an America where children were taught to respect authority, whether it was a school teacher, parent or police officer. Where young people were taught to say, “Yes, sir,” and “Yes, ma’am.” Where young boys were taught to be gentlemen and young girls were taught to be ladies.

I remember an America where city councils and zoning boards wanted churches in the neighborhood because it was a good thing for the community. Where we didn’t have two-inch contracts and legal counsel to enforce them. People merely shook hands and trusted each other because a person’s word meant something.

I remember an America when common sense was common and made sense. Where people knew right from wrong. Where profanity and vulgarity were considered inappropriate and out of line in front of ladies or children, and you always opened doors for them even if they were complete strangers.

I remember the glory days, when America was one nation under God and His glory was upon us.

I remember an America where every public function, high school football game or community event began with prayer. Moral values were valued and those who violated those values were considered clueless or rebels.

I remember an America where families went to church together, prayed together and stayed together no matter what. You made a commitment to God and one another and those commitments were honored, because they meant something. Mothers had their babies regardless of their economic or social standing. Drinking wasn’t considered honorable. In fact, if you drank, you had a problem. If you chose an alternative lifestyle like homosexuality, you didn’t do it publicly and sure didn’t flaunt it.

I remember an America without the ACLU, N.O.W., Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, The Human Rights Campaign, GLAD, and PFLAG.

I remember an America when the Presidency was honored and respected.

I remember an America when made in Japan meant junk, made in America meant quality, and if something had the name DISNEY attached to it, you knew it was good for your whole family.

I remember an America where people stood proudly when Old Glory passed by and people who served in the armed forces were honored and held in the highest esteem. I remember an America where people stood at attention out of respect and fought back tears when they sang The Star Spangled Banner. It was our national anthem. But it was personal, too. We were proud to be called a Christian nation and weren’t ashamed of our heritage or scared of our future.

I remember the glory days, when America was one nation under God and His glory was upon us.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance” (Psalm 33:12)

© 2016. Barry L. Cameron

[This Sunday is our 46th birthday as a Church. Join us as we remember and thank God for all He’s done and look forward to what He wants to do through us in the future.]

Photo: Mac, Casey. N.d. JPEG file.


Senior Pastor

Barry Cameron is a devoted father and husband, bestselling author, dynamic communicator, and Senior Pastor of Crossroads Christian Church. Crossroads has a gorgeous, 150-acre campus in Grand Prairie, Texas. Barry’s latest book, The Road to Financial Freedom, came out in the fall of 2020 and is available on Amazon. It’s another game changer for individuals and families who want to fix their finances once and for all.

Barry and his wife, Janis, have three children: Katie, Matt and Kelli. A daughter-in-law, Lindley and a son-in law, Johnny. They also have two grandsons, Will and Levi. Their family has been completely debt free since November 15, 2001.

Crossroads Christian Church has been debt free since November 9, 2008.