Pledge of Allegiance

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

This past Saturday we celebrated the 244th year of the independence of the United States of America. Some set off fireworks, some had that long awaited cook out, while others quietly gave thanks for this wonderful nation.

On Sunday morning, Ann Franklin was to share the special music with our church family. What she did was truly great! I wanted to share it with you simply because of how great it was.

She asked how many of us remembered Red Skelton. Of course, I raised my hand as well as several others. Then she shared something that I wanted to share with you again here. It truly has a message that we need to hear as individuals and as a nation in these times.

Red Skelton said ---- “I remember this one teacher. To me, he was the greatest teacher, a real sage of my time. He had such wisdom. We were all reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and he walked over. Mr. Lasswell was his name ---- he said, I have been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge of Allegiance all semester and it seems as though it is becoming monotonous to you.

If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word.”

I - me, an individual, a committee of one.

Pledge - dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.

Allegiance - my love and my devotion

To the Flag - our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever she waves, there is respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts freedom.

Of the United - that means that we have all come together.

States - individual communities that have united into 48 great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity, and purpose, all divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that love for country.

Of America.

And to the Republic - a state in which sovereign power is vested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people and it is from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.

For which it stands - represents

One nation - a country united

Indivisible - incapable of being divided

With liberty - which is freedom and the right of power to live one’s own life without threats of fear or some sort of retaliation

And justice - The principle or quality of dealing fairly with others

For all - which means it is as much your country as it is mine.

Then Red Skelton went on to say --- Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance - “under God”. Would it not be a pity if someone said, “That’s a prayer and that would be eliminated from school.” 1

Then we stood and did the pledge to the American flag and followed it by singing the last lines of America the Beautiful -- America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.

What Red Skelton shared became the talk of the nation. It made so many people stop and consider where we were and where we were going as a nation. I believe that once again we as a nation need to stop and consider where we are and where we are going. We need to consider what it means to pledge our allegiance

It is my prayer that the Pledge of Allegiance will never become monotonous to us nor will we ever allow this Pledge to be called a prayer and removed from our schools or from our lives. I do believe that as long as we remain ‘one nation under God’, God will bless this land we love. May America return to the God of our fathers and may God bless America!

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul

1 Vincennes, Indiana is the home of Red Skelton and through the courtesy of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce they made available Red’s meaning of The Pledge of Allegiance. He gave this on the Red Skelton Hour, January 14, 1969.