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Food For Thought

The flag, improperly used, can become an idolatrous image. Keep in mind that Christians are not even to pray to images of our Lord, how much more are we forbidden from pledging to an object that represents a country which certainly is not God. The Pledge of Allegiance must be rewritten so that it is not an idolatrous act. Christians should demand this. Not one of the Founding Fathers of the United States said the Pledge of Allegiance.

Now, I indeed pledge allegiance to my Lord but not to any image that purports to represent my Lord. I would also happily pledge allegiance to my country should an occasion arise where my allegiance were in doubt but pledging daily is nonsense. It is an act of senseless conformity. We are created with a natural desire to defend and protect the nation in which we are born. To do otherwise is to be a traitor. That is a given. We do not need pledges to demonstrate that we are a normal creature given to defend our nation state. It is true that the flag is not an idolatrous image if simply understood as the necessary identifier of the United States when fighting a war or when it is used to specify loyalties, such as when displayed above a U.S. Embassy or Post Office. However, pledging to that image is forbidden by more than one commandment. Let us not pledge to any image no matter how alluring that sin may be. (Can you imagine a Christian saying, "I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag and to the God for which it stands?" That would be idolatry, plain and simple. We are to pray to God and to pledge ourselves to our God. Allegiance to the country in which we are born or of which we become citizens is our natural state.I cannot think of a good man who does not hold allegiance to a country but the commandments forbid praying or pledging to an image and the flag is not exempt. The Founding Fathers of the United States would be appalled that we have stooped to putting imagery above action. Must I repeat again that not one of the Founding Fathers said the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag?

Jesus said, "Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon. [Matthew 23:16-22]

Since this is what Jesus said then why are we not pledging our allegiance to God for it is God from which the Bible derives its meaning and God is greater than the Bible. It is the Bible from which the U.S. Constitution derives its meaning and the Bible is greater than the U.S. Constitution. It is the U.S. Constitution from which the Flag derives its meaning and the U.S. Constitution is greater than the U.S. Flag for without the U.S. Constitution the U.S. Flag means nothing! That's right, NOTHING!

In fact, the pledge was not written until the Founding Fathers were all dead and not surprisingly so. For it is doubtful they would have stood for such statism. It was not until 1892 that the Pledge of Allegiance was written and it was not formally adopted by congress until 1942 under the socialist presidency of Franklin Roosevelt. It has always been the case that the best citizens, soldiers, and politicians have always been those great men and women who have acted based upon conscience, not based upon an unquestioned loyalty to the state. The United States, in fact, would not exist if such had not been the case for we would still be under Great Britain because of an undying loyalty to the British colors. Finally, my life would be worthless if not for my Lord. Why would I want to break more than o­ne of the Ten Commandments to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Yes, we are o­ne nation under God, that is a fact and I would gladly recite that fact daily. However, to pledge allegiance to an object no matter what it represents, even if it were to represent God, would be a sin.

Note: Regardless of recent events, Pastor Don Milton insists that we cannot break the Ten Commandments in order to look patriotic. There is no excuse to pray to anyone other than God nor to pledge to anyone other than the Lord or those who follow him as a people or to pledge oneself to the ideals represented in God's word or those documents that are based on His word such as the U.S. Constitution. To do more is to commit idolatry.

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