I Pledge Allegiance…In God We Trust

March 29, 2010

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United State of America, and to the Republic for which it stands. One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

The American Flag

The Pledge of Allegiance. A pledge that dates back to 1892, albeit in a different wording. The original text by Francis Bellamy was designed to be used for any country, and did not include the words, “United States of America” or “Under God.”

It was in 1923 that the words “my flag” were replaced with “…the Flag of the United States of America” by the first National Flag Conference in Washington, D.C.

The words “under God” were added in 1954 by then President Eisenhower, who stated at the time, “In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource in peace and war.”

I think as a nation we would do well to look at the words of President Eisenhower today.

In the last 56 years, we seem to have forgotten the message he shared with us. Rather than reaffirming our religious faith, our nation seems hell bent on pushing religion farther and farther away. Schools that recite the Pledge in class are becoming fewer and fewer, and some groups want to remove the words “Under God” from the pledge.

There is a movement to remove “In God we Trust” from our currency. The movement was nearly successful, but failed for the time being. The fight was not without some gain on the part of those that would see us turn away from God, however. Instead of being on the face of the coin, the words “In God We Trust” are now engraved on the edges of some coins.

Some theories hold that the inscription was moved to the edge as a compromise. For those  that believe we should not have “In God We Trust” on our currency, the edge placement was a way of hiding the inscription, and is intended to mollify those of us that do want the inscription. God has literally been moved from the focal point of our sight. If you want to see the inscription, you have to look for it.
In 2007, there was a controversial printing error in which an unknown number of new dollar coins went into circulation without their edge inscriptions, including “In God We Trust,” according to an MSNBC news story. Some believe it was intentional, while the US Mint claims it was a mistake. I’m not proposing a conspiracy, but it’s worth mentioning that there are as many as 50,000 of these coins in circulation, lacking the inscription.
There is also a school of thought that the opponents of the inscription agreed to the edge placement because that is the first part of the coin to wear away as it is used in the marketplace. I think this is a perfect illustration of the erosion of our faith-based culture in America today.
This battle has long been a battle of small victories for the opposition. For every inch we give them, they will take a mile. Our betrayal of our servitude to a higher power will be our downfall. The opposition will win by one small battle at a time, until we are ultimately defeated.
You see, when we give ground on our principles, it becomes a slippery slope. When we agree to a compromise of principals, we are setting ourselves up to forsake those principles altogether. Just as our nation compromised on the placement of God in our currency, our adherence to our faith is in danger of being wore away.
President Eisenhower had the right idea. We need to continuously strengthen our spiritual weapons, for they will indeed be our last line of defense. We need to put God first. If we continue to ignore our moral compass, we are destined to follow the empires of the past, become divided, and fall.


One Response to “I Pledge Allegiance…In God We Trust”

  1. Lord Bitememan Says:

    “And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.'”

    Star Spangled Banner, 4th Stanza, 1814.

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