"I Pledge Allegiance To The Father"

January 14, 2022 | By Chuck

 Yes, I know the words to our nation’s pledge.  I learned it, like many others, as a child in school reciting it at the beginning of each school day.  I love our flag and what it represents to Americans.  I love and appreciate all of our military men and women, past and present.  Many have made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives and there are plenty who continue to sacrifice time with their family to be in harm’s way to protect the freedom of our country.  Believe me, I would never disrespect our military, the flag or our country.  That’s not what this is about. 

            The dilemma for me and the concern I have is that many, even Christians, seem to honor the flag before the Father.  Many Americans, Christians included, are more concerned with their civil liberties, the status of the current administration and all the drama and controversy coming out of Washington than simply living to please God.  We may gripe and complain about our current leaders but our eyes and ears are glued to every move made in D.C.  Why?  Some would respond that we have to know what our leaders are doing.  Again, why?  In the big picture, our national and world leaders have only a small amount of power.  Our allegiance should first and foremost be to our all-powerful Father in heaven who has allowed the current leaders into office.   

            We have a tendency to get so caught up in what’s going on in the world around us that God is placed on the back burner and forgotten.  Maybe we’re too consumed with the political leaders and their actions.  Maybe we’re too focused on the daily news and the current Covid numbers.  All of this leads to fear and stress about the future.  Should we respect our leaders? Sure.  Should we be aware of what’s going on around us? Sure.  Should we become fixated on and consumed with any of these things of the world?  Absolutely not.  We should pledge allegiance to our Father in heaven who is our creator, God and Savior and trust Him always to take care of us no matter how bleak our surrounding circumstances appear to be. 

            “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Col. 3:1-2).