The Pledge of Allegiance
“And there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.” Judges 2:10
In 2004, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear a case concerning the Pledge of Allegiance. In the case, Michael Newdow, an atheist, sued the Sacramento County, California, school district where his daughter attends school. He is claiming that teacher-led recitation by students violates his 9-year-old child's religious liberty. Eventually, a 3 judge circuit court voted 2-1 that the Pledge violated the Separation of Church and State, because it mentions God.
Justice Antonin Scalia took no part in consideration of the case. Scalia reportedly said that any changes to the pledge should be done "democratically" through the legislatures and not the courts. He added that removing references to God from the public would be "contrary to our whole tradition.” Newdow asked that Scalia not be a part of the decision because of Scalia’s view is that the framers intended to have the principals of Christianity in our government.
Is it no surprise that we find terms such as God and Creator in our documents? The very principles that formed our government came directly from the Bible. Even our three branch government comes from Isaiah 33:22.
History of the Pledge
Socialist editor and Baptist pastor Francis Bellamy wrote the pledge in 1892. He wanted the words to reflect the views of his cousin, Edward Bellamy, author of "Looking Backward" and other socialist utopian novels. It read, "I pledge allegiance to my flag and the Republic for which it stands; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
By 1924 the words "the flag of the United States of America" was substituted for "my flag." Bellamy was angered and did not support the change. In 1942, the U.S. Government recognized it and adopted it in our schools. Then in 1954, America was experiencing somewhat of a revival and religious leaders lobbied with lawmakers to insert the words "under God" into the pledge. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, fearing an atomic war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, joined the chorus to put God into the pledge. Congress did what he asked and the revised and current pledge now reads: "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."
The Pledge has been a part of our heritage for almost fifty years. If the phrase “under God” was allowed and passed through Congress, why would the Supreme Court want to even hear the case? The answer is simple, but frightening. Our outlook on life has changed.
A Lesson to Remember
The nation of Israel was brought to the Promised Land after being enslaved for more than 400 years. Their deliverance was only by the hand of God. When they finally settled into their new lands, they did not keep their promise to God of teaching their children about the things He had done for them. As a result, a new generation rose up and went against the very things that were part of their deliverance.
America, like Israel, came to a land flowing with opportunities of freedom. The pilgrims came to this land to be free, to worship God and to train their children as they saw fit. Our Founding Fathers made sure that God was the central focus of our new nation. Original documents prove this overwhelmingly. In one generation, the following have been removed from our schools:
• Any type of prayer except by individual students
• The Bible as the foundation of education
• Teaching of Creation
• The Ten Commandments
• Christmas holidays (changed to winter break)
• Good Friday (changed to spring break)
• Students were threatened with jail time if the name of Jesus was mentioned in any form of prayer at a high school graduation (Texas)
• History books have been altered removing any historical event in which Christianity is mentioned. Nazi Germany did the very same thing so that their godless philosophy could flourish.
• Historical documents such as the Mayflower compact and George Washington’s farewell address are not allowed to be read because of their emphasis on God. Washington said that it is impossible to rightly rule without the Bible.
Any mentioning of God has been removed in the name of separation of church and state. This term is not found in any government document.
The pledge is the only act that still survives in our school system and reminds us that our nation is under God. Lincoln mentioned this in the Gettysburg address “That this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom”. It was Lincoln who signed into law that “In God We Trust” be inscribed on our money.
Experts have commented that if the Supreme Court should rule in favor of removing the Pledge or “Under God”, then the motto on our currency would be next. This turning is happening in one generation. How sad it is when we see children shaking their fist at the very symbol of their freedom. We no longer have the right to mention God in any way, shape or form.
America needs to remember where she came from. When a germ enters the body and the anti-bodies do not fight against this infection, it will only grow until it makes the body sick, and then it will die. We need to appeal to our senators and other leaders who we have put in office and tell them of this great atrocity. A wise man once said if you want to make a difference in your community, get ten people to write to their leaders and that many will cause their elected official to take action and a difference will be made. America is on the critical list and she needs the healing hands of a great physician. That physician is Jesus Christ. Most importantly, the real change that needs to take place is in the hearts of men and women in America to return to the life that was once God’s best. A revival can then sweep this nation.
“My people are destroyed are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee... I will also forget your children.” Hosea 4:6
If God’s people choose to obey and get back on track, then we have this promise.
“If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14
The choice is ours. Time is running out. It is easy to sit and complain about something and do nothing. It’s another to stand up and exercise the God given rights we have as Americans.
Where will you spend eternally?
You may be reading this and you have never answered the most important question in your life and that is …
How does anyone get to heaven?
First realize that they cannot get to heaven on their own merits. The Bible says that “For all have sinned and come short (that means everybody can’t get to Heaven on their own) of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
Jesus Christ (who is the Son of the living God) came to earth and was born of a virgin woman (therefore he was not born of the curse of mankind) he lived a sinless life and died on a cross for all the sins in the world. Three days later, God the Father raised Him from the dead. He was seen of 500 witnesses and returned to heaven. God’s word says that if we believe these things and call upon the Lord, we will be saved. Romans 10:9 - 13