Bible Reading: Psalm 144
Maybe you remember all the news shots and photographs of former President Barak Obama, standing on the platform with his hands to his side while the National Anthem is being played. You probably have heard him say that patriotism is not in the wearing of the American Flag pin. He also said that patriotism is not in whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, but patriotism is in your love for your country, no matter what your political views may be.
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.
Now from that I will let you judge which of our politicians are true patriots.
What to do:
✞ Are you a true patriot?
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