I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag and to the Savior for whose Kingdom it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again with life and liberty to all who believe.
One day at school, it was probably around Memorial Day or some other patriotic holiday, I made the comment that I didn’t think that American patriotism and Christianity could go hand in hand. I commented that I didn’t think America was a Christian nation and that I doubted that it ever was. My reasoning was that God promised Israel that He would never turn His back on them and forsake them. And that, when Jesus came, who was considered “Israel” changed dramatically.
But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. (Romans 9:6-8 ESV)
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28 ESV)
I commented that I didn’t believe that God works within a national context anymore, but rather He has gone to a more individual context as His primary means of bringing people to Himself. Therefore, His favored people, His “Christian nation” is not America or Israel but rather true, faithful believers.
To this day, I still firmly believe this.
I believe that it is idolatry similar to that in the days of the early church when they were forced to bow down to Caesar when we devote time in a church worship service to sing the praises of America and pledge our allegiance to it. I believe that God is not happy with us when we relegate Him to an afterthought in those services and speak of Him only as a giver of blessings to this nation which was built on the backs of slaves. God doesn’t bless injustice, and yet we commit it and support it and then proceed to claim that God is on our side.
As Christians, we have a different, higher Independence Day to celebrate: The day that God liberated us from bondage to sin. Don’t sing the praises of America, but sing the praises of Jesus.
This isn’t to say that America isn’t a great nation. On the contrary, we have many freedoms here that people in other countries only dream about. We are a wonderful nation. And, as Christians, we must be thankful for where God has placed us and what freedoms He has allowed us to experience. But our praises should not be directed at America or the president or our founding fathers, but rather to the God who gives to all men liberally.
Where does your allegiance lie? Is it with your nation or your Savior?