In other words, we've bought into the American Dream. Bigger is better. Never mind that Jesus said the greatest will be the least. Or that the first shall be last. Or that we must deny ourselves. We know better! After all, we're living in the twenty-first century in "the greatest country in the world!"
The words of Amos come to mind
"You only have I knownMind you, I don't think the U.S. is a specially chosen nation, but most do so the quotation is appropriate.
of all the families of the earth;
therefore I will punish you
for all your iniquities. Amos 3:2 NRSV