The Pledge of Allegiance
long ago, the Circuit Court of
Appeals in San Francisco ruled that the Pledge of Allegiance was an
unconstitutional endorsement of religion with the words, "under God"
inserted after "one nation."
This has sparked a lot of conversation about the subject in many
different ways. Today in my email I
noticed a short note within a newsletter simply signed, “Tim”*. The gist of
Tim’s words was that he was ashamed of America’s flag, saying it had simply
become an idol to the American people who thought the flag, patriotism, and the
constitution would somehow save them. His
reasoning was that America has become corrupt and perverted.
This is my response to Tim.
our country has gone far away from the principles it was founded upon, I still
believe there are many people like me who believe in God, family, and country.
As long as I have breath in me, I will strive to serve God first in my
life, loving Him, my family, and yes, my country.
Although things don't look very good sometimes, God is still in control
of the universe, including countries and flags.
flag is not an idol to me but a symbol of good and not evil.
flag stands for our country and for freedom and that freedom has often been
costly. Many have served and some
given even their lives. My father
and my brother served during two different wars and now I have a son in the
do not put my trust in flags, constitutions, or governments.
You are right about that, Tim, they will not save you.
I do put my trust in the God who can save us and who causes kingdoms to
rise and fall. If America will turn
back to God, she will still be a great country.
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves,
and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear
from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
(II Chronicles 7:14) That is
a promise from the Holy Bible. Notice
it doesn't say if anyone will pray, it says "if my people which are called
by my name." God's
people praying will make the difference if we will turn back to him.
Burke said, “All that is necessary for evil to flourish is for good men to do
nothing.” In my estimation
the Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco is wrong and since that time the Senate
unanimously approved a resolution "expressing support for the Pledge of
Allegiance" and asking Senate counsel to "seek to intervene in the
case." By a vote of 99-0, the resolution passed.
things often look bleak as we see those who would fill our land with violence,
perversions, drugs, crime, and all the evil that we see around us; I will put my
trust in God and not man, striving to make a difference as long as I live.
There are still many of God's people trying to make a difference.
We must remain vigilant so that we do not lose the freedom that we enjoy.
And yes, Tim, I will salute the flag as long as it stands for "one
nation under God with liberty and justice for all"
name Tim is fictitious but the story is true.
Pledge of Allegiance --- From the Red Skelton Hour,
January 14,1969 - This actually took place on live TV nearly 33˝ years ago!!!
back to school, I remember a teacher that I had. Now I only
I went through the seventh grade. I left home when I was 10 years
because I was hungry. (laughter) And .. this is true.
worked in the summer and went to school in the winter. But, I had
one teacher, he was the principal of the Harrison school, in
Indiana. To me, this was the greatest teacher, a real
my time, anyhow. He had such wisdom. We were all reciting
Pledge of Allegiance one day, and he walked over. This little old
... Mr. Lasswell was his name. He said:
been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge of
all semester and it seems as though it is becoming
to you. If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you
meaning of each word?
me, an individual, a committee of one.
dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.
my love and my devotion.
THE FLAG: our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever she
there's respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity
shouts freedom is everybody's job.
that means that we have all come together.
individual communities that have united into 48 great states.
individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose, all
with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and
love for country.
TO THE REPUBLIC: Republic ... a state in which sovereign power is
in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And
is the people and it's from the people to the leaders, not
the leaders to the people.
WHICH IT STANDS]
NATION: One Nation ... meaning, so blessed by God.
incapable of being divided.
LIBERTY: which is freedom, the right of power to live one's own
without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.
JUSTICE: the principle or qualities of dealing fairly with others.
ALL: ... which means, boys and girls, that it's as much your
as it is mine.
now boys and girls let me hear you recite, the Pledge of
I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country,
and Hawaii) and two words have been added to the Pledge of
- "UNDER GOD".
IT BE A PITY IF SOMEONE SAID, "THAT IS A PRAYER," AND THAT
BE ELIMINATED FROM SCHOOLS, TOO?"
pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and
the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible,
liberty and justice for all."