➲ "It's not God that is changing..." Dr. Swaim's latest in the series, "What In This World Is God Doing?"
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The Blessed Hope
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The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag is meaningful to true patriots. Sadly, it appears to have lost its respect among many of the newer generations. Just watch at sporting events how people respond and react to the singing of our National Anthem, and you will easily see how little patriotism is manifested. An interesting study might be to analyze the contrasts of manifested patriotism among different age groups, within one gathering.
There is another error of which all of us are guilty (with rare exceptions).
The Pledge was first published in a national magazine on September 8,
It, in its infancy, it read:
I pledge allegiance to my Flag,
and to the Republic for which it stands:
one Nation indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.
One month later, millions of school children, across America, recited it in their respective assemblies.
Maturation occurred slowly, until in the mid Twentieth Century, the final change was instituted. On June 14, (Flag Day) 1954, President Eisenhower approved the additional insertion of the words, “Under God.” In the approval, the President said:
In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in peace and war.
One year after this affirmation by the President, the United States Supreme Court ruled that school children could not be forced the recite the pledge as a part of the school’s daily routine. The Court’s attitude, reflective of a prevailing spirit growing, and continuing until this day, is more disturbing than the ruling itself.
Surely, we need to instill in our children and grandchildren, a love for our Lord, and for our country. I fear it is neither being taught by word, or example, in government (not “public”—that is a misnomer) schools.
As concerns the error we make—even we who delight in reciting the pledge—involves the way we say it. The Pledge, as it now reads, is:
I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands:
one Nation under God, indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.
That reads correctly, but we don’t recite it correctly. Let me suggest that you recite it, then look at the text and read it, paying particular attention to the punctuation. Did you discern the error?
We, in reciting it, say: “…one Nation (we erroneously pause, and then continue) under God….” But, there is no comma between “Nation,” and “Under.” We are not one nation in and of ourselves. We are “One nation under God.”
The Preamble to our Constitution, reads:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Note that it does not say that we “secure liberty,” but, the “blessings of liberty.” Liberty does not come from the constitution, but from God. The Constitution guarantees the protection of our God-given liberty. It is only within the guarantee of liberty that forming a union is of any value.
Further evidence that this is the true view, is found in the words of the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men….
Governments are instituted, not to rule over people in slavery; not to provide economically, or health-wise, for people. But, they are instituted “among men,” to secure the rights to the people—the rights that are endowed to us by our Creator. (Further, it would be incredulous to think that our nation’s Founders would have had any God in mind, save the God of the Bible—the Creator God.)
The Declaration further declares that when a government digresses to the point of violating and robbing us of these principles, the people have the right to abolish it, and establish a new government.
So, the next time you participate in reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, exercise some boldness: Politely inform the leadership of the error, and request the pledge be repeated, correctly.
A second thing needful--insure that the American Flag is properly displayed: (Flag Etiquette)
Dr. Swaim is a native North Carolinian, where he now resides. He was saved as a young lad in Calvary Baptist Church, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and immediately became a student of the Word of God. Among his most influential teachers were the late Drs. W. Herbert Brown, and Elmer Piper, two of his childhood pastors. Others included, first of all, his late godly mother, who, beside her own testimony, equipped him with a Scofield Reference Bible, and fed him a spiritual diet of radio preachers. Prominent among them were the late Drs. Oliver B. Green, M. R. DeHaan and Charles Fuller.
Following high school, he enlisted in the U. S. Army, and trained as a helicopter mechanic. In November of 1959, he married Marnie Faye Jordan, his wife now of over 50 years. After six years of military service, he answered the call to preach, and enrolled in Piedmont Bible (now, Baptist) College, in his hometown of Winston-Salem. In the early part of 1971, he entered his first pastorate, graduating from college in the Spring with a Th.B degree. He pastored churches in North Carolina and Virginia until 1998, and being also involved in additional areas of service, including music, radio, print, and addiction recovery ministries. During this time frame, he earned his Master and Doctor Degrees, from the Andersonville Baptist Seminary,in Camilla, Georgia. (now, Andersonville Theological Seminary)
Though not now pastoring a church, due to some physical restrictions, he is an an active member of the Green Valley Baptist Church, Walkertown, North Carolina, where Brother Wayne Dunn is the fine Pastor. Pastor Wayne often calls upon Dr. Swaim to preach, and fill the pulpit in his absence, as well as being elected now as Teacher of the Auditorium Bible Class.
Several years ago, Dr. Swaim was diagnosed with a cancer on one vocal chord. Through much prayer, and appropriate medical procedures, he is now cancer free. To God be the glory, with many thanks also to the VA Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, for their great work.
Thank you, and may our Lord Jesus make this web site ministry a blessing to you,
Dr. O. Wilburn Swaim Th.D