The Pledges

This month we celebrate what is commonly known as “The Fourth of July”, but is officially Independence Day, a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States. On July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Britain, King George III, and were now united, free, and independent states. The Pledge of Allegiance was composed many years later, but I believe is appropriate to our observance of Independence Day.

America's Founding ideals have their roots in Judeo-Christian tradition. It should not be surprising that the Bible is quoted often as the source of the Founders' thinking for studies have shown the Bible is by far the most often quoted source in all of the publications and speeches of the founding era. Earl Taylor, Jr. of the National Center for Constitutional Studies compiled a list of a few principles or ideals to which the Founders adhered. Given immediately following each one are passages showing Judeo-Christian roots of that principle and then passages reflecting the use of the principle in America's founding documents. I don’t have room in this article to print them all, but this is the link to them-- Mr. Taylor states, “from this sampling it can be readily seen that no nation has a closer parallel to the Judeo-Christian tradition than the United States of America.

So, that is why I am including both the Pledge to the Bible and the Pledge of the Allegiance to the Christian flag with this letter. The Holy Bible is at the center of any Christian’s devotion to Jesus Christ. This simple Bible pledge reflects the importance of God’s Word and its role in the life of a believer. Yes, we are celebrating the independence of our Country, but just as important to us as Christians, the freedom to have, read, study, and quote the Bible and the freedom to gather and to worship our Christian faith.

Enjoy the Holiday, but at the same time, remember that included in our independence are our religious freedoms, as well as our social and political freedoms.

Love in Christ, Pastor Nancy

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