Hi everyone. Bob here. Just a note to let you know that the month of October has been a dry month in the writing area for me, but Genie, my wife, has been having much more happening in that area this month. Therefore I have asked her to allow me to place an article given to her through the spiritual rheum which fits better in my blog and makes a very important point in truth. Genie and I attempt to live our lives even as Paul declared boldly that he lived his. He stated that he was indeed a citizen of Rome (ACT 16:21-38 & 22:22-27) and of the Hebrew/Jewish clan (ACT 21:39), but that he was foremost a believer in the Christ, Jesus (ACT 19:4). To this Genie and I proclaim with Paul’s court testimony that we are citizens of the United States, still a member of the United Nations, we are descendant members of the Protestant Churches of the World, but first and foremost we are believers in Jesus, the Christ and his father to whom we give our allegiance.
As citizens of this country, which has since its birth proclaimed to be “one nation, under God” it concerns us when we see activity which shows that proclamation to be challenged. Something done quite often it seems. That is what this article by Genie is about. One of those challenges. Thanks, Genie, for allowing me to put this article in my blog this month. The “stage” is yours:
ABOUT THAT FLAG THING
by: Rogene A. Robbins
I do tend to get political on my personal Facebook account. but I try to keep politics and other matters that divide us and make us believe we are separated from God and each other out of Espirational. But… when I wake up with a blog post I would not choose to write writing itself I get up and start typing.
So what about that flag thing? Is it un-American to not stand, salute, place your hand over your heart, sing the National Anthem or pledge allegiance to the flag of our country? If we choose to sit or stand in silent prayer are we dishonoring the flag, our country, war veterans living and dead? Should people really be forced to stand for the National Anthem or say the pledge of allegiance? What slippery slope will that take us down?
I live in Oklahoma, a state that is so conservative our dirt is even red. When we go into our small town for events it is not unusual for the singing of the national anthem and/or the pledge of allegiance to be used to open the meeting or festivities. So what do I do? If I am already standing I stand quietly with my hands at my sides. If I am sitting I remain seated. Why?
I pledge allegiance to no one and nothing but God. Isn’t pledging our allegiance to our country or even just a symbol of it idol worship?
Let’s read the words of the first two of the Ten Commandments from Exodus, Chapter 20.
“And God spake all these words, saying,
2 I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”
In the wilderness the people of God chose to worship a golden calf while Moses was on the mountain receiving God’s law. In our modern-day wilderness our worship is nationalism, electing a political leader to make American “great”, Christian, and white again even if it means going against the Creator. Some of us even display the flag, one of our national symbols in our churches. Things change, but they really stay the same, don’t they?
When will we stop looking outside for help, answers, and leadership when the Spirit of God is within each of us? Turning back to God isn’t about belonging to a certain church, blindly following a leader, excluding certain groups from society or even standing for the national anthem. Turning back to God is as simple as realizing that God is still here, within each and every one of us, looking to the Spirit of God for guidance and living as followers of the way.
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