What does it mean to be an American?
This is the question author Eric Metaxas attempts to answer in his upcoming book, If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty, an analysis of the founding father’s original intentions for America.
“This is the most important book I’ve ever written. Most people with eyes to see recognize that our country is in trouble, but they’re not sure why.”
Eric wants to help Americans understand what made their country great in the past and how they can help get their country back to its former greatness.
“This book is a primer on the basics of what did the founders give us, why have we forgotten how it works, and if we don’t understand how it works and begin to live it out, if we don’t do that, it’s game over for this country. The republic is in horrifying danger.”
According to Eric, we are becoming America in quotes.
“Once you become America in quotes, you are no different than any other country and you cannot be a blessing to the world.”
Eric believes that God has blessed America to be a blessing to the rest of the world.
“We have been a tremendous blessing to the rest of the world. If you care about the foreigner, if you care about immigrants coming here, if you care about people suffering who don’t have what we have then you have to love America. God gave us this great country so that we can share it with others.”
What made America great to begin with?
Alexis de Tocqueville understand what made America great when he said,
“America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” – Alexis de Tocqueville
“What a concept that a Frenchman saw that it was because we cared about our neighbors, we cared about strangers, it was because we were living out what God had commanded us to live out, that’s our strength, in the last 40 years that’s not taught in the public schools.”
According to Eric, America is in danger of falling apart if we do not remember what the founders said,
“Faith is at the heart of the American experiment.”