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My Pledge


When I was young, we began each school day by standing up straight with right hand over our hearts, and eyes fixed on our country’s flag, proclaiming together,

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

More than a mere ritual, this pledge has profound meaning that brings us together. It is a quick and to the point affirmation of who we are and our chosen loyalties:

“I pledge allegiance…” – I, an individual responsible for making informed choices, take a stand and make this solemn life oath.

“to the flag…” – The emblem of freedom, whose broad stripes and bright stars represent the commitment and sacrifice needed to preserve it.

“of the United States of America…” – United, not divided, separate in autonomy but bound together in common benefit of its citizens.

“and to the Republic for which it stands…” – A sovereign country which gives power to duly elected officials to represent the people according to the law which is based on the country’s constitution.

“one nation under God…” – A nation of people, if not submitted to the absolute authority of God in it’s legislation, justice, and executive oversight, would become simply and tragically, “One nation gone under.”

“indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” – Indivisible even in consideration of diverse heritages and personal preferences, where all lives matter precisely because of the overriding protection of liberty and justice for all people.

Our present version of The Pledge was passed by congress on Flag Day, June 14, 1954, and introduced to the nation by President Eisenhower who then stated,

“From this day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural school house, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty…. In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource, in peace or in war.”

It seems the Pledge of Allegiance has fallen out of favor in recent years, challenged on many fronts by groups who want to remove the reference to God or the idea of a unified oath by such a diverse population. But as recently as last year, New Jersey Superior Court Judge David F. Bauman ruled that “…the Pledge of Allegiance does not violate the rights of those who don’t believe in God and does not have to be removed from the patriotic message.” he added, “As a matter of historical tradition, the words ‘under God’ can no more be expunged from the national consciousness than the words ‘In God We Trust’ from every coin in the land, than the words ‘so help me God’ from every presidential oath since 1789, or than the prayer that has opened every congressional session of legislative business since 1787.”

I suppose the fight to remove the focus on God from the pledge will continue, just as there will also always be a remnant who will hold faithful to it regardless of future legislation. And so likewise might our religious rights, though guaranteed by our founding fathers, come under increasing attack.

I wonder what would happen if millions of Christians would begin each day with a solemn pledge of allegiance, not just to country, but to their one and only living God. Imagine a land where we put differences aside and unite together as one to proclaim God’s greatness and goodness and sovereignty.

What would happen if just you and I not only pledge allegiance but actually surrender everything to God each morning and throughout the day, submitting even our goals and ambitions to his will, not our own? What if we stood up, committed to walked a straight path each day, with hearts and eyes and agendas fixed firmly on Jesus, the Author of our faith, anticipating his very next prompting in our lives? Can you imagine the transformation that would come from such devotion? Can you picture a day surrendered to such a pledge?

You don’t have to imagine. Today on Flag Day, you can choose to begin this day and every day with your own pledge to be wholly and holy owned by the Lord of all nations, now and forever, on earth…as it will be in heaven.


Whose life are you living?

I suppose if a biography were written about your life, you would be the main character in the story, right? I mean, according to most all biographies written before, that would make sense. After all, it is YOUR life, right? Or is it?

In one sense, yes. You are the one making the decisions in your life: what goals and ambitions to pursue, who to pay attention to, where to invest your time, energy and talents. You are the one who works hard and saves or spends money. Who else has a say in all this?

The bible has something to say about this matter:

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

“You are not your own” is not a popular truth in a society that devalues all life not deemed ‘convenient’ or ‘desired.’ But it is the truth none the less. We can’t pick and choose the scripture we like. It all stands together, whether it is convenient for us or not.

A life surrendered to God belongs to God, wholly and holy, separated to Him. We are called to love the lord our God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength. It doesn’t leave much left for doing just what we want, does it? We find ourselves choosing either one side of the fence or another. At some point we come to realize there is no riding the fence.

Jeremiah 10:23 puts it this way: “I know O lord that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.”

When we ask Jesus to be the Lord and master of our life, we are surrendering our allegiance to Him alone. When we ask the Holy Spirit to direct our steps, we surrender our will to His, so that our paths may be made straight. We all know what happens when we try to direct our own lives!

But oh how subtle is the way of the mind and flesh, to slyly take over the reigns of decision-making, to try to steer the Spirit into going our way instead of the other way around. “Lord, take away this pain and suffering because you know I can serve you better when I am well.” “Lord bless me so others will see your favor on your faithful servant.” “Lord give me the desire of my heart, not yours, so that I can see your hand in my life.” Or even more subtle yet is to simply forget God’s presence in our lives except for brief interludes of prayer and worship.

Fullness in life is found when Christ lives fully in us.
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Let His Story be the history of your life, beginning with today.