I Pledge Allegiance ...
... to the flag of the United States of America ...
My country’s flag fills me with pride. It has long represented a nation which has been a hero to deliver allies in time of war, which has shown compassion to enemy and ally alike in disaster, which has represented Christian values and principles to the world.
... and to the republic for which it stands ...
Other than the Bible, no other writing receives my reverence as does my government's constitution.
... one nation, under God, indivisible ...
My homeland is worthy to defend with my life and blood, against foreign invasion, infiltrator's attack, or traitorous subversion.
... with liberty and justice for all.
I see my nation's gross failures. I yet love her for all she has aspired to be. She remains the greatest world power in history. I am grateful to my Creator that I am a citizen of the United States of America.
allegiance noun : the fidelity owed by a subject or citizen
to his sovereign or government
I do not hesitate to salute the American flag. I respect those who speak the Pledge of Allegiance. There may be a day when my perspective changes about what it means to pledge my allegiance to my government, when I am willing to do so.
I have spoken marriage vows by which I live. It does not seem unreasonable to likewise speak a pledge of allegiance for the nation to which I am loyal. Yet the words stick in my throat, and I do not speak them.
Because words have power. And I am determined to remember my only Sovereign.
To Him alone I give absolute allegiance.
For the LORD is our judge,
the LORD is our lawgiver,
the LORD is our king;
it is he who will save us.
~ Isaiah 33:22 (NIV)
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