Friday, February 20, 2009

One Nation Under God

“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.”

One nation under God… UNDER God ---- hm, that’s funny. If we’re a nation that supposedly “under God” then why have we taken prayer out of the school system? Why have we legalized abortion yet fight to legalize cloning? Why are we pushing for euthanasia but have called the death penalty inhumane? Why is prostitution illegal, but strip clubs are okay? Even some uses of certain drugs have been legalized by our court system. The Declaration of Independence says:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” But my question is how can we have “life” when it is no longer viewed as precious and a gift because millions of babies have met their Holy God long before their rightful time? How can we have “liberty” when the actions of people cause them to live with guilt constantly hanging over their head? There is no liberty when there is guilt from sin. How can we have “happiness” when there is neither life nor liberty?

“America, America! God shed His grace on thee!” What a powerful song – one in which the writer first refers to his country as “Beautiful” before he called her by name. America IS beautiful – the freedom she stands for and the foundation she was built upon makes her beautiful; yet what she is allowing herself to become is not beautiful. I love my country, but I do not love what she is becoming.

“God bless America, land that I love! Stand beside her, and guide her through the night with the light from above!” So we want Almighty God’s guidance, but we do not want His ruling over us? Sounds like an impossibility to me. I wonder if the singers truly know what they’re saying when they sing this song… most likely not. How different our nation would be if we truly still longed to walk in the ways of God – if we truly still longed to have the Lord “stand beside” us and “guide” us. God HAS blessed America, and I pray He will continue to have mercy on us and continue to bless our native land.

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