This week ends with July 4. Commemorating our nation’s birth and our national heritage is the order of the day. That’s good, but it needs to be something more. It needs to be a mission. Remembering with a purpose. God gave that mission to a church and it’s probably a good mission for us as Americans.
The church was at Ephesus. They ‘had it all together’ as far a their practice went. But they weren’t what they used to be. God’s prescription? Remember, repent, and repeat. Remember from where you have fallen. Repent of the fall. Repeat the deeds you did at first, (Revelation 2:5). Many people have tried to rewrite our history and edit God out of the American picture. Again, the mission of remembrance God gave the Ephesian church is a good exercise for us as a nation.
To help with that remembering mission, two things will be helpful. First, I’ll remind us of appropriate Scriptures and give you some other helpful resources. Second, you please share the posts with others via email, social media, etc. As we prepare and look forward to celebrating our nation’s birth, please join me in praying for our nation! And let that prayer begin with you. God promised healing if HIS people prayed and repented. Remember!
Soli Deo Gloria!
If you’ve never seen this video, or haven’t seen it in a while, it’s very well worth the time!
Here is Red’s text and a link to it: http://www.usflag.org/skeltonspledge.html
Commentary on the Pledge of Allegiance
by Red Skelton
I – – Me; an individual; a committee of one.Pledge – – Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.
Allegiance – – My love and my devotion.
To the Flag – – Our standard; Old Glory ; a symbol of Freedom; wherever she waves there is respect, because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts, Freedom is everybody’s job.
United – – That means that we have all come together.
States – – Individual communities that have united into forty-eight great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose. All divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that is love for country.
And to the Republic – – Republic–a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people; and it’s from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.
For which it stands
One Nation – – One Nation–meaning, so blessed by God.
Indivisible – – Incapable of being divided.
With Liberty – – Which is Freedom; the right of power to live one’s own life, without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.
And Justice – – The principle, or qualities, of dealing fairly with others.
For All – – For All–which means, boys and girls, it’s as much your country as it is mine.
And now, boys and girls, let me hear you recite the Pledge of Allegiance:
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country, and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance: Under God. Wouldn’t it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer, and that would be eliminated from schools, too?