for July 2002
The Pastor’s Pen
What panoply of emotions we Americans are experiencing as we enter into
our annual 4th of July celebration of freedom & independence.
The murderous attacks of Muslim terrorists on September 11th
have galvanized us as one nation under God, united, standing together,
shoulder to shoulder, putting differences aside and focusing once
again upon all that makes America great.
And now another attack; the Federal 9th Circuit
Court of Appeals has ruled that our Pledge of Allegiance is “unconstitutional”
because of the phrase “one nation under God”; a phrase added to
our pledge in 1954 and heretofore unchallenged.
Perhaps this foolish interpretation of the separation of Church and State
will bring another positive reaction from a people who have become
apathetic and apologetic for the blessings bestowed upon our nation.
The Founding Fathers would blink unbelievingly at this misinterpretation
of their intent. They
clearly were looking to prevent the establishment of a State Religion,
having just won freedom from England, a kingdom with a state religion,
namely the Church of England. It was not freedom FROM religion,
but freedom OF religion they wished to protect and preserve.
It was not freedom FROM God, but freedom to worship God they
cherished. Just the
mere mention of God, does not promote any particular religion, not
even Christianity, for all religions have their own interpretation
What a sad misapplication of their “establishment clause”.
But perhaps this will further awake a sleeping America to
stand up for what is right and say, “enough is enough!”
The consequences of banning God because some reject Him are grave.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of
God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and
also to the Greek.
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith
to faith; as it is written, "But the righteous man shall live
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all
ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in
because that which is known about God is evident within them;
for God made it evident to them.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes,
His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being
understood through what has been made, so that they are without
For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as
God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations,
and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing to be wise, they became fools,
a freedom-loving people, worshipping a freedom-loving God, we cherish
Thomas Jefferson’s words in the Declaration of Independence, that each individual has a God-given "inalienable
right" to "life”, “liberty and the pursuit of happiness".
Those founding fathers who crafted the "Declaration of Independence"
also drafted our Constitution; a document that shapes our freedom
along the prescribed guidelines and responsibilities necessary to
make freedom work; our freedom to govern, to serve, to defend, to
protect, to honor and to be loyal. The political and personal freedoms
we celebrate every Independence Day remind us that with freedom
comes responsibility. That which is taken for granted is forfeited.
Only if we cherish, protect, speak up for, promote and defend
our liberty will we remain free.
this Independence Day let us stand up, speak up and show up, so
that liberty and justice for all will rule the day!
Skelton the original standup comic, a man who was funny without
being crass, who could make all laugh and never needed or used vulgar
and distasteful language to do so; penned a very interesting commentary
to the Pledge of Allegiance:
- - Me; an individual; a committee of one.
- - Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.
- - My love and my devotion.
- - 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.
- - That means that we have all come together.
- 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.
to the Republic
which it stands -
- 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
- One Nation--meaning, so blessed by God.
- - Incapable of being divided.
- - Which is Freedom; the right of power to live one's own life,
without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.
- - The principle, or qualities, of dealing fairly with others.
- - For All--which means, boys and
it's as much your country as it is mine.
pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and
to the Republic, for which it stands; one nation Under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.
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.
it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer, and that would be
eliminated from schools, too?
-- Red Skelton.
if Mr. Skelton realized that in addition to being a comic he was
also somewhat of a prophet.
This past month America took a giant step way from God.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that our pledge
of allegiance is unconstitutional because of the words “Under God”.
there was an outcry from many Americans who deplored this action,
yet in a number of national polls some 14% of “Americans” upheld
the action of the court. These
anti-God and anti-Christian individuals are joining forces with
others such as the gay movement to bring political “correctness”.
They are unashamed and quite vocal in proclaiming their abdominal
is time for Christians to stand up and be heard as voices crying
out to God! Time for
our voices, as God fearing American’s to be heard loud and clear!
We as a nation are so very blessed by God, yet we seem to
be so silent about proclaiming Him, shame on us!
said if we deny Him, He would deny us.
I get some very interesting emails along with some that are
completely dumb. Of recent date a cute story about throwing darts at a picture
has been making the rounds.
At the bottom of the story the writer says if you don’t forward
this to x number of individuals then you don’t love Jesus, you are
denying Him. Brethren,
denying Jesus is NOT about forwarding emails, denying God, denying
Jesus is about how we live our lives every day.
Nothing wrong with the emails, but there is much more to
our Christian calling. We
are called not to be passive, but to be active in our Christianity.
you are silent about God, don’t expect that He will be vocal about
you. If your light
is out or hid under a basket, don’t expect that Jesus will shine
has happened regarding the pledge of allegiance is only one of many
items that cry out for the return of Jesus, and cry out for our
voices to be heard, our actions to be seen.
world is listening and watching, will they see Christians in action
and hear voices praising God, or will perversion
prevail? The choice
ours; God is also watching, and listening!
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