The Pledge Of Allegiance, which I grew up reciting every morning in school, was first published in 1892 in a magazine titled, The Youth’s Companion. The pledge was originally composed as:
“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands; one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Over time some changes were made in the wording, the last change being made in 1954. At the suggestion of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Congress legislated that “under God” be added, making the final pledge language to read as we know it today:
Eisenhower declared adding those two words would “reaffirm the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future” and “strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource in peace and war.”
President Eisenhower, along with many other presidents and forefathers before him, knew the importance of calling on God for providence over America. Though many try to deny, alter, or even outright lie that the United States Of America has no Christian foundation–they are wrong in doing so.
Christianity was front and center at the birth of America.
Our Forefathers, our countrymen and women, they believed God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They spoke of Him in their public speeches, they read the Bible in Congress, they gathered together in prayer, and they read the Bible at home. Most children learned how to read from daily parental studies with the Bible.
Our earliest leaders understood the power of living faithful to God and the importance of remaining in His grace. Engraved on his own memorial in Washington, D.C., President Thomas Jefferson is quoted as:
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath?”
The importance of honoring God is also found in the Declaration of Independence. The committee to author this historic document included Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Ben Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston. (I read Jefferson was chosen to do the actually writing because of his penmanship.) These men were quick in the declaration to give God glory for creation and to state that our rights come from God-not government.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
America, we are not only “One Nation Under God,” we are also: One Nation Born Of God. We have been blessed beyond measure since birth and as Thomas Jefferson told us, if we dare remove God from within our borders would we continue to remain secure within? No. Evil is pounding at our government’s doors; God’s structure of family, even The Word preached in some churches, is constantly being manipulated by satan.
I pray you continue to offer up America to God in your prayers each day. Ask for His mercy and grace over our country, ask for His providence, so that America will continue to remain “One Nation Under God”.
ARE YOU A FOLLOWER OF JESUS?
If you’re not certain you’ve ever invited Jesus into your heart, now is the perfect time. Pray this sinner’s prayer found at Gotquestions.com. Through Jesus you will receive the hope that He alone offers.
“God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!”