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- May 12, 2014
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Matthew 5 (NIV) said: “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.'  But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne;  or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.  And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black.  Simply let your ‘Yes' be ‘Yes,' and your ‘No,' ‘No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
The Pledge of Allegiance said:I 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'm interested in initiating a discussion about the appropriateness of reciting the "Pledge of Allegiance" as part of the regular, Sunday morning worship service.
I've noticed on several occasions while visiting other churches in our rural, Southern community that some are in the habit of incorporation the pledge into their service. I personally always felt it to be odd and a little off topic for church, but I had just attributed it to being a former Catholic and balking at any part of a worship service involving rote recitation. In any event, I'm working tonight, but my wife just phoned to say that while she was at our Wednesday night bible study, the preacher had mentioned that he was considering incorporating the pledge of allegiance into our (Non-denominational) Sunday service, so now I feel compelled to consider the practice with more scrutiny.
I've only just begun to organize my reading about this, so I'm certainly not strongly convinced either way, but a quick glance at the top few hits of an Internet search offer some pretty strong arguments against it being said in church; including an article I read and now cannot find again stating that the pledge of allegiance was written by a Socialist public school employee named Francis Bellamy with the specific intention of counteracting the dangerous Catholic School teachings of choosing God before country — and that the original version of the pledge mentioned neither God or the United States of America.
Do y'all recite the pledge of allegiance in church? How do you feel about the practice?