“Under God”, Under Attack. This week America will celebrate the 226th anniversary of its independence from England. Most of the celebrations will involve sporting events like baseball where it’s required that the crowd honor America by singing the National Anthem as the Flag of the United States is raised in all its glory. Another uniquely American tradition that involves the flag has been the Pledge of Allegiance. The history behind the Pledge involves the addition in 1954 of the words “under God” describing America’s belief in God. Today, the words “under God” are under attack by Athiests who are suing to have any reference of God removed from the pledge, our currency, in our courts, and any other place remotely associated with government. This movement to declare national independence from God is about as wrong as you can get. Paul reminds us in 1 Tim 2:1-5 (KJV) that “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” As America celebrates on the 4th of July their independence day, it would behove everyone to declare their dependence on God each and every day. We need to be like Joshua who declared “as for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord.” Listen here to the lesson on 06-30-2002. Be sure and download the handout as well. You may also check our Holidays section for lessons involving America’s July 4th celebration.
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