The original Pledge of Allegiance was penned by George Balch in 1887 and said, “We give our heads and hearts to God and our country; one country, one language, one flag!”
This was later revised by Francis Bellamy in 1892, he penned,
“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
It’s obvious what was left out of Bellamy’s revision, and he a Baptist minister at the time. It’s only been a scant seventy four years since congress adopted the Pledge of Allegiance. It’s been an even scantier sixty one years since it was revised to include the now antagonistic phrase, “One nation under God.”
Here’s where my musing gets dicey…at least in the mind of this very average, tad past middle aged woman.
Does one nation under God signify that His sovereignty is confined to the borders of the United States of America? Absolutely not. The Christian nation, is God’s chosen people, people! If you are a Christian, you have joined the nation of God. Don’t get me wrong, I respect that our forefathers fought to protect our religious freedom. I love that this nation still allows Christians to worship freely and with out fear. I love my country and am blessed to live here. However. This country is called the United States yet we’re anything but united. Each state makes their own laws! I truly believe the intent for our nation was to become a nation full of God fearing Christians, our political leaders fell short didn’t they? But we the people, the professed Christians allowed it. Ouch! The good news is that God’s nation is totally unified through the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. One nation under God. No matter what corner of the globe you’re in!
Perhaps when Bellamy tweaked the pledge and left God out he realized something. Perhaps he was thinking; if we have declared this to be a free country, and we invite aliens and their culture to come here to live and be, we can hardly ask them to pledge themselves to something they don’t believe in. They will pledge to the land and to it’s freedom, but not to our God whom they don’t know. Maybe? It’s almost like our forefathers set us up for an onslaught of immigrants. The Statue of Liberty shouts loud, long and hard to the masses. Could any of our founders have seen the problem this would lend to the future of America? The very nation that has claimed to be under God has allowed all cultures in, they’ve planted themselves here to mesh and meld with ours. There is now a fancy name for it, Multiculturalism. The force now to be reckoned with.
We’re living in an age where this nation is trying to remove all traces of Him who we once claimed to be under. This is not a new concept. If you care to troll the Old Testament you will find that ungodly kings would come along and remove all traces of Yahweh and erect their idols. Then a godly king would come on the scene and destroy the idols and turn the nation back to God. God did not want His people to have a king at all! Why? Because He is ruler of all things, He’s always been enough. Stubborn, willful man.
Here’s the dice of my muse.
Almighty God, creator of all people and all things, commands His children to be kind to the immigrant. Not to become enslaved by the immigrant. His people were once immigrants by invitation. Then they became slaves to their host. God’s people have made this mistake repeatedly. It just seems that if we wanted to be a nation of only Christian’s, we’d have taken more care with the tired and the poor who sought refuge here. We’d have made sure they understood that we serve the one true God. Then it came to me. An immigrant is one who is unsaved. The battle is this: “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”(Eph. 6:12 KJV). History teaches us that the thread of good versus evil has been woven into the tapestry of life from the very beginning.
We must continue to pray that a godly leader will again come and govern this country, if anything, to maintain the Christians freedom to worship. Humanity will not eradicate Christianity. It’s been tried and it’s failed every single time. Heinous acts are carried out in the name of God and religion. It’s despicable to hear politicians spout theology and quote Scripture only when it suits the audience.
The day in God’s courtroom will come.
There is only one true nation under God. It’s creed is Jesus, the way the truth and the life*. It’s flag is the banner of grace. In light of this I will pledge allegiance to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Bible, and to the Christian flag. These things know no borders. Make no mistake loved ones, even if our next leader is an ungodly person, the nation of God will continue to exist. It will not only exist but remain eternally alive.
May God have mercy on His nation. Amen.