Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Rom 13:1
What do we do on “Flag Day”? Are you a “flag waver?” Flag Day is not a big day, but it is a day to acknowledge our national allegiance and give thanks to God for the blessings we enjoy as Americans! Our nation and all of our leaders are flawed – as we all are. We only have sinful leaders because that’s all that is available. We say that about ourselves and all church workers and leaders because we all live outside of Eden.
Are we truly a “Christian” nation? Not in the way or to the extent we would like, but we do still profess to be “one nation under God”. As Christians in this nation we continue to gather in worship and give our witness to our fellow citizens. We also pray for our nation and the people of our nation and people who see our flags and know that we are Christians realize our first and most important allegiance is to God even as we profess our allegiance to the flag of the land where we live.
The UNDER GOD part of the pledge was added in 1954. Google says, “Louis Albert Bowman, an attorney from Illinois, was the first to initiate the addition of “under God” to the pledge. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution gave him an Award of Merit as the originator of this idea. He spent his adult life in the Chicago area and was chaplain of the Illinois Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. At a meeting on February 12, 1948, he led the society in reciting the pledge with the two words “under God” added. He stated that the words came from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
Wars have been fought to defend this flag and this nation because albeit imperfect, it remains the best of all. Let us be glad to be Americans and thank God for the great blessings we enjoy!