Pledge of Allegiance in Church

Went to church this morning at 11:30 a.m.  The church I’m attending off and on has two worship services – one at 9:30 and one at 11:30. They have the Sabbath School in between those two times.

I’ve always been at church by 8:45 a.m. so the later time is a new experience for me but I like it. I can sleep in and leisurely make breakfast.

The church is 30 minutes away in Minneapolis. Today it was rather warm as they don’t have air conditioning and the service didn’t end until almost 1:00. By 12:30 my eyes were getting kind’ve sleepy.

Normally I enjoy the service. The people are diverse and there are many African people here — quite a few from Kenya. The special music they have is very lively. I nod my head and tap my toe to the music. Today, although the music was great and there was a baptism, I was annoyed.

They started the service with a hymn I’m familiar with — The Battle Hymn of the Republic. But then they went and meddled. They continued with the songs America the Beautiful and God Bless America. Then they had people stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Fat chance I would get up and pledge my allegiance to America in church. Or any other place for that matter. I’m quite upset with the America I live in right now.

First – I believe in separation of church and state and I don’t want to go to church and pledge my allegiance to anyone but God. I go to worship God — not America.

Second – the America I know today has gone ballistic. From illegal searches at airports by our very own government to going to war for — what was it again? Oh yeah, we were trying to kill Osama bin Laden — in Iraq. Then there’s Guantanamo Bay where hundreds of people are locked up for years with no “rights.” Yeah, yeah — military rule is different than civilian rule. Give me a break!

Shouldn’t there be human justice? Forget the labels we plop on things to make ourselves feel better and/or to treat people inhumanely.

I’m tired. Tired of the excuses or lack of excuses that our beloved (uh … not!) politicians give us. Can anyone answer a question anymore? Perhaps they should ask more simple questions of our politicians. Instead of “Were you confused when you stated John Wayne was from Waterloo? Wasn’t it John Wayne Gacy?” To which the reply was “Well, my intention was … ”

I think the questions we should ask our politicians should be more basic “Was the sky blue when you entered the building today?”

No — let’s not answer the questions anymore or take responsibility for being WRONG. And, according to a recent Los Angeles Times article, Ms. Bachmann is ahead in the polls. Are you kidding me?

I was giving her the benefit of the doubt as we should anyone. I waited to “hear more.” And then I heard. I heard her not saying anything.

Pledge my allegiance to America? No. Especially knowing, from Biblical prophecy, what this America will and is already turning out to be.

So — if any more church services I attend decide to pledge their allegiance to anything other than God I’ll be walking out. And I’ll keep walking. I get enough junk in the world without having to hear it from the front of the church pulpit.


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