Week 1 Discussion 2 Under Whom?
I am a baptized Jehovah's Witness so it was clear to me to be a critical thinker as I read the article and the intro of the article. For the title “Under Whom” gives me much more of a different meaning that might be of yours. The words “pledge” and “allegiance” give me problems even before we get to the phrase “under God” and rightfully so to any true christian.
The word “pledge” in definition, you give a promise to do something or give something. The word “allegiance” in definition, you give loyalty of obligation to. Together with the word pledge and the word allegiance you are giving your promise of loyalty of obligation to the nation of the United States of America.
In Matthew 4:8-10 teaches that the devil took Jesus to an unusual high mountain, offered him all the kingdoms if Jesus did an act of worship to him. This versus teaches us that the devil has control of all the nations or kingdoms. We understand this because God can't lie in his own bible showing us that the devil has control of the kingdoms by offering them to Jesus if he did an act of worship to him. You can't give or offer something that you don't own or have authority over. Mark 12:28-34 teaches us to love God first and that is the first and greatest commandment. In Revelation 14:6-12 teaches us of how the nations are fornicating with the devil and will receive the wrath of God. With these three lessons we learn that the devil has authority over the nations, they are fornicating and will receive the wrath of God, and last the greatest commandment is to love God.
Another example is that with our pledge allegiance if asked we are to fight in war against another nation. In the Mosaic Law the first Ten Commandments, thou shall not kill! How can I say I love God first if I knowingly break one of Gods Commandments of Love for the Love of Life to take another life that is being asked of me. God would never put me in that situation to take another life that he created.
Sin is any thing against Gods religious or moral law, these two examples show true christian it is sin to “pledge allegiance”, to kill, greater sin to kill for the United States of America and sin to fight for this nation of the United States of America.
Once again critical thinking, the word “patriot” is a problem too for a true Christians. The definition of “patriot” is one who loves and supports their county. So for Judge Karen Williams who decided that the pledge is a patriotic activity and not a religious one is a contradictory in terms of who a christian loves first. Do I pledge my allegiance to this nation first be for I love God? Or do I love God first recognizing it is sin to pledge my allegiance to the United States of America, remembering that lesson in Revelation 14:6-12.
Now on to the “religious phrase” “under God”. God is not supporting this as we learned in the example with the three bible lesson. God is not even supporting patriotism and its activity, since the nations are under the devils authority. This “religious phrase” “under God” to a true christian nothing more than a false light guide by the devil.
In conclusion “Under Whom?” to a true christian you are announcing who’s side you are on Gods or the devils. I did say this “religious phrase” gives much different meaning to me than you might think!
Love and peace to all.