Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag and those who don't

Once again, it is time for a rant in regard to patriotism. This particular on I guarantee will spark a debate, it mixes in religion.

I want to preface this one with the fact that I am a born again christian and I am very comfortable in my faith. I am also a former Marine with a deep love for our Country and respect for the sacrifices that have been made so we can enjoy the life we have.

With that being said, recently the St. Louis Post Dispatch published a blog entry titled, "Why I don't say the Pledge of Allegiance." It goes without mention my old Marine antennas were up in the air when I saw the title.
The summary of the story is this, a lady from Illinois has attended a religious festival for the past couple of years. She says "the Holy Spirit had been on me well in advance about the tensions of being a follower of Jesus and being a good citizen." It was while attending these festivals she decided she would no longer say the Pledge of Allegiance due to it making her feel uneasy and not wanting to make a "loyalty oath" to a political system. She says that she wants no King but Jesus, and she wants no association, political, geographical, ethnic that transcends into the Kingdom of God. So, for her, no more pledging. You can see the whole article here: http://interact.stltoday.com/blogzone/civil-religion/politics/2010/07/why-i-dont-say-the-pledge/

Here is where my opinion comes in and will probably make some mad. First of all, I agree, there should be no God, idol or object placed before our God. However, at no time during the countless times that I have said the Pledge of Allegiance did I think, "Wow our Nation and this colorful symbol is greater than our God" or "I hope this flag will provide me with salvation for all of eternity." I am pretty sure our forefathers or the author of the Pledge did not create these things to begin the Church of the Flag.

Does it not say, "One nation under God"? It doesn't say in place of or in front of.

I understand the freedom of speech implications here. If one chooses not to say the Pledge, it is up to them. I may not agree with it and may feel you need a curb to curb butt whipping because of it, but it is up to you. I do think it is a bit of an oxymoron, the very symbol that gives you the right not to participate, is the symbol you want to disregard. The very symbol that gives you the ability to practice the religion of your choice without fear. If the author would have expressed her beliefs publicly in some countries, the next person she would be talking to is God. Face to face.

I am also pretty sure the Almighty does not care what political, geographic or ethnic background you come from.

I remember vacation bible school as a kid. We would say the Pledge of Allegiance and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Christian flag each day. Who would have guessed Brother Charles C. Todd, a POW survivor from World War II, was leading us astray.

I find Mrs. Autenrieths concept of reality disturbing. What I find even more disturbing, she is not the only one with this mindset. They are out there among us. She is not alone. I think she is extremely confused and I am not real sure how she functions in society on a daily basis. I personally feel that she couldn't be more wrong.

I am not saying we need to be goose stepping with our hands in the air. But, I don't think there is anything wrong with standing up and saying I love my country. I am proud to be an American and I would fight to defend our way of life. I have. I have never asked the Flag for forgiveness or salvation or asked God to step aside. I am also not ready to to not stand up for anything and let others take our freedom. So, until then, I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.

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