There I was, jogging down Main Street past sleeping shops yet to be opened, when I passed a flag laying on the sidewalk. It was on a pole, so I assumed it must have fallen or was blown off the side of one of the shops. I continued running, but suddenly realized, "Hey, that was an American flag and it was laying on the ground. That's just not right." I was taught that we should never let our flag touch the ground (Flag Etiquette).
Not right, but not wrong enough for me to stop and pick it up. I kept running. But it didn't sit right with me.
I take pride in my flag.
I display my own at home. I couldn't leave it there.
I turned around and ran back. I picked up the flag and looked around. Where do I put it? I found a small rock garden surrounding a tree, and pushed the pole into a hole. It wobbled, but stayed up. I let go, but the flag fell to half-mast and drooped onto the ground. I propped it onto a branch. It would have to do. Then I stepped back and looked at the pitiful thing. It was backwards.
As I looked at the sad flag, I realized that it was symbolic of the state of our country.
I rarely "preach" or state my opinion on political matters--mostly because I'm a self-professed ignoramus. However, I feel strongly about what follows. Right or wrong, it's what I believe, and it's what my discarded flag showed me.
Our leaders are fallen, our country is at half-mast, and our morals are backwards.
Yet we proudly display this pitiful imitation of a flag for all the world to see--we are politically correct! And if we prefer not to, we don't have to pledge allegiance to a flag--or a nation that has outdated laws and morals that are measured by what feels right for each individual.
We are no longer one nation under God.
How can we be if we keep taking God out of the equation?
We have divided ourselves into opposing camps with insulting criticism and intolerable tolerance as our weapons.
We give liberty to and demand justice for one group, while another has theirs stripped away.
Then we argue about which group is better, more powerful, or more entitled. We accuse others of being too narrow-minded or too broad-minded. We point our self-righteous finger at those who believe otherwise--ignoring the three that are pointing back at ourselves.
We are no longer the united States of America. Sadly, we are becoming the divided States of America.
I write this through tears. I feel sadness deep in my soul when I see how we've cheapened our flag, ourselves, and our country. Shame on us.
This country was founded on the principles of the Bible and was created to be "under God." In fact, the original pledge was penned by Colonel George Blach in 1887 and said this:
We give our head and hearts to God and our country; one country, one language, one flag!
But Francis Bellamy, the author of the Pledge of Allegiance as we know it, called it "too juvenile and lacking in dignity." You can read more here:
Background on The Pledge of Allegiance
We can take God out of the equation and even out of the Pledge of Allegiance, but He will always be on the throne. And during this tumultuous time of turbulence in our nation, it gives me great comfort to know that I need not rely on myself or on corrupt individuals to set things right. I place my trust--my head and my heart--in the one true God, the one I pledge allegiance to.
Blessings Along the Path,
He controls the course of world events;
He removes kings and sets up other kings.
Daniel 2:21 (NLT)