ORIGINALLY POSTED BY atimetoshare.me, by Kathy Boecher on 6/30/15
The original Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister. The words “under God” were not included in the pledge. Children learned the words and recited them at the beginning of the school day. Not only was it out of respect for our country, but it felt kind of like a prayer for the nation we loved.
In 1954 the pledge was changed to include the words under God. There was a great concern that the pledge was too generic and could be said of any republic. What set America apart from others was that it was founded on the principles of God fearing men.
There have been attempts to remove the words, but they remain to this day. The god referred to in these words has become the god of choice, but I know that the God of the Bible is the supreme ruler of the entire world. I pray that He continues to be at the helm in these days of confusion. Our nation needs Him now more than ever.
As in days of old, when God’s children strayed from Him, there were consequences. We have become lackadaisical in our beliefs and our reliance upon Him. Even those who have confidence in their sins being forgiven, sometimes follow the course of men rather than God.
Dear, Lord, you have led this great nation through some difficult challenges over the years. Help us to always put you first, even when it comes to our patriotism. With you, we can accomplish great things and overcome any obstacle. Amen!