I Pledge Allegiance
I remember in elementary school looking at the American flag in the corner of the classroom. Every morning the principal’s voice would lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. I would hold my hand over my heart and recite the words with the rest of the students. Like most in the class, we knew the words, but we failed to understand the meaning of what we were saying. As I have grown older, I have realized what a great honor and privilege it is to be called an American. I do believe that we live in the greatest country on earth. It truly is the land of opportunity. In the summer of 2010, I found myself under the heavy weight of sin. I was in need of a complete and total overhaul. I needed a savior. While at a service at Trinity Holiness Church in Blanchard, OK, I found Christ at an altar of prayer. I don’t remember everything I talked to Christ about that wonderful evening except for one thing in particular. I remember clearly telling God that if he would forgive me of all of my sin and to take away the addictions and the sorrow that sin had left me in, that I would serve him to the best of my ability for the rest of my life. I pledged allegiance to Christ. This allegiance was much more important than the words I recited as a young boy in school. This allegiance was eternal.
In a world of Chaos and a country that is torn apart, and seemingly divided in half, it is easy to forget where our true allegiance stands. The Bible gives us great examples of people here on earth who were faithful to God and sought a better country. In Hebrews 11:16 the Bible reads “But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city”
Just like these great people of faith, we as Christians have pledged our allegiance to Christ Jesus. The great commission is our creed, and we follow in faith at every word spoken to us by God. For the short space of time we are here on earth our goal must be to carry the gospel message. Full of hope to a world and a country so torn apart by sin. If the church forgets to remember that it’s hope is not in one political party or one man sitting in the Oval Office, then we become blinded by the affairs of this world to the point we cannot serve our Lord the way he wants us to. Do you find yourself reciting words without understanding like I did as a little boy? Or do you say with assurance that you are devoted to the call of Christ? Where is your allegiance at? Is God hindered by the outcome of an election? Or do you put your entire trust in him? I am thankful that I call him Lord and that he knows them that are his. Thank you and God bless