Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Under whose God?

This is a profound question, posted at the fine World Magazine blog.

Under whose God? Quote!

Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools was declared unconstitutional today by a federal judge who ruled that the pledge's reference to one nation "under God" violates school children's right to be "free from a coercive requirement to affirm God." The ruling, which has important implications for civil religion, will be appealed to the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In order to be constitutional, the phrase “under God” must be able to refer to the deity of Hindus, Wiccans, Buddhists, pagans, or any other religion. Since we can’t claim, as Paul did on Mars Hill, that the “unknown god” we are referring to is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, should Christian’s fight to preserve the “Divinity” of our country’s civil religion?

The "god" of Americana is really of no use to Christians. Our God is a consuming fire, and we should have no interest in anything that would give His glory to another. So how should we respond to the removal of the Pledge of Allegiance (which to me has always had the tone of a prayer that swore allegiance, not to God, but to the flag and to "the Republic")? Just asking ...