Blame is making us sick. Splashed across mass market media, our communities, and our homes is a maelstrom of finger-pointing targeting the mighty and the ordinary alike. A different storm of blame, a sickness silent and unnoticed, also rages across our country – one where the finger-pointing is turned inward.
The arguments people in Christian circles propose for not pledging allegiance to our flag and our country are specious.
Some talk of divided loyalties – how pledging allegiance to the flag and country has us impossibly serving two masters.
Others talk about allegiance being contrary to our faith in Christ, defining it as acting out one’s duties to his lord, as loyalty and faithfulness, as constant commitment to further its object’s good name and cause.
Still others object as meaningless the phrase “Under God” or pledging to an inanimate object (the flag).
All three arguments are all somewhat plausible – but wrong.