Wow! seems like a million years since I had to recite this pledge in grade school. We were taught it meant one thing back then but it sure has a different meaning now!
In theory it sounds very patriotic evoking sentiments that inspired lyrics found in songs like... America the Beautiful and The National Anthem. Words like home of the brave, land of the free. Yet, in practice we have fallen, far, far short of that ideology.
First of all, , which god are you referring to? It's anybody's guess any more. I thought I knew until the move to take the Ten commandments (a visual reminder of Jehovah's moral and civic laws) off the premises of public schools, government buildings and other public places. I guess doing so did make room for those metal detectors, in-house police, and security cameras that catch teachers and students, having sex with each other and the underaged!
This pledge assumes that we are a people unified over important things affecting our country. Things like national security; the widening economic gap between the rich and poor; the rise of crime, violence and drug use; our failing education system, and the constant threat of a government unable to pay their bills in this wealthy country of ours each year! We are more divided than ever...not just politically, but socially and morally!
I'm not a political pundit by any means, but like that Turbo Tax, commercial says...you don't have to be a genius...to know our country is in trouble!! Big Trouble!!!
It's got me wondering if we might not be a country under Divine Judgement!!! It's not the first time this has crossed my mind, but it really hit me when I read the book of Judges, as part of my Reading through the Bible In A Year plan. I know the book well, but chapter 19, A Levite and His Concubine, shook me to my spiritual core!!! You could not miss the parallels of the moral and political conditions of the nation Israel and our country!
I purposely will not recount the story here....I want you to read it for yourself. ( For those of you who like a little edge to your reading, put down your sexual thriller and read this instead!)
Then come back if you will and examine these points of similarities between the two nations:
- A nation in the throes of moral failure: sexual perversions, and exploitation in the name of personal desires and assumed rights (Romans 1:26-28).
- A nation with a growing indifference to human suffering of the innocent, who have no voice in the matter (Judges 19: 24-26).
- Factions and schism existed between governing bodies of the nation. Political and social infighting leading to the point of possible civil warring.
- Prevailing attitude of acceptance or apathy as it involves violence against women
- Lack of integrity in leadership both secular and religious. Would rather side with infidelity than defend righteousness. Everyone doing what is right in their own eyes. Having personal or political agendas (Judges 21:25)
UNTIL NEXT TIME...
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