19 September 2005

The Mystery of Christian “Pledgers”

Pledge - To make a solemn binding promise; swear. (The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition).

Swear - To promise or pledge with a solemn oath; vow: He swore his oath of allegiance to the queen. (The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition).

The Militant Pacifist does not pledge (or swear) allegiance to the flag.

“Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. (Matthew 5:33-35)”

“But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. (James 5:12)”

Since the Militant Pacifist has no interest in pledges, he is mystified as to why Christians would be concerned about judicial interference with a “pledge” which they shouldn’t be saying anyway.

Christians should not be afraid of a wicked government, and certainly they should not swear their allegiance to it.

“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28)”

For the Christian, logos should rule pathos; errant feelings of earthly nationalism should be suppressed, and the only allegiance sworn should be to the true King - the King of Kings!

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