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Friday, October 4, 2019
Daily Devotion: Secular Humanism and Patriotism
Bible Reading: Psalm 33:12 and Proverbs 14:22-35
Key Verse: Verses 12 – “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”
Key Words: Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD
In the 2012 presidential campaign former President Obama who was then only a candidate for president was rebuked by some for not putting his hand over his heart during the National Anthem and the raising of the American flag. President Obama then made a statement in his defense.
While I understand what the President was saying, I also understand what secular humanists fail to understand, and that is without God there is no real patriotism. Secular humanists battle with the words “under God” in our Pledge of Allegiance; but again, one cannot be truly patriotic until they understand that true patriotism sees America as being a nation, not controlled by mankind, but controlled by God.
Our country’s Pledge of Allegiance was written especially for children in 1892 as a part of a celebration for Columbus Day in public schools all across our land. The original version first appeared in an educational publication called The Youth’s Companion on September 8, 1892. It read: “I pledge allegiance to my flag and the republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” The author, Francis Bellamy, was an assistant editor for the Companion. It was intended to be used just for the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery, but its popularity led to an annual tradition. The pledge later became a daily ritual at school rooms throughout the country.
In 1923, the first revision was made: “my flag” was replaced with the words “the flag of the United States of America.” Then in 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill at the people’s urging that added the words “under God.”
You see, in 1954 people understood that there could be no true patriotism until a nation has submitted itself, not to man’s rule or authority, but to God’s rule and authority.
God bless America and He can only do that as we are “one nation under God.”
What to do:
✞ Don’t be timid or intimidated by the secular humanists. We are safe “under God.”
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