Monday, September 3, 2012
Getting Right to the Point!
Are We Really “One Nation Under God?”
When congress added the phrase “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1955, what meaning did they intend those added words to convey? The dictionary gives nearly two dozen meanings for the word “under.” Are we merely saying that God is over us, metaphorically speaking? Or, are we simply admitting that we are inferior to God? Or, do we mean that we are subject to God’s will and authority?
Neither our government nor our people as a whole seem to value anything higher than the “rights” of the individual, nor does it seem we are subject to God’s will. Otherwise, there would no cold-blooded murder of the unborn sanctioned by our courts, to cite but one example!
And which “god” did congress identify as the one we are under? Was it Brahman, Allah, Ishtar, or Zeus? There is only one true Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
So, the conclusion is obvious and inescapable: Individual believers in Jesus Christ as Savior can certainly speak and interpret the words “under God” in a Biblical and God-pleasing way, but sadly these words added to the pledge are really meaningless for many Americans today, and do not make us a "Godly nation" merely by people reciting them. And that's the point!
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