Greetings, friends. Here's the deal. In a recent thread, last month, I mentioned in passing that, as a matter of conscience, I had abstained from saying the pledge of allegiance in the middle of a corporate "worship" service at the church where I served as an interim music director. I didn't cause a scene, didn't intentionally bring any attention to myself. I just briefly went behind the platform for a moment and then came back to the piano. A fellow poster dissented with my opinion, saying the following: I bet they are all so proud to have you serving as their minister of music being on such a higher spiritual plane than the rest of the congregation. I'm surprised that you would stoop so low as to serve people who would dare to say the Pledge of Allegiance in a church service. If they were on the same level as you they would know better. Shame on them for being so spiritually ignorant. Hopefully you taught them a lesson by your excellent example. Honestly, if I served with a music minister who refused to participate based on arrogant misguided principals I would move for his dismissal. Another poster who is no longer among us, in response, said: As would I...... Here is my reasoning, which I stated at the time. Did I say I was on a higher plane? No, I just disagree. I don't think country worship has any place in the life of the believer, and it certainly doesn't need to be in church. If someone pledges allegiance outside of corporate worship, that is their choice and is an issue of conscience. And I didn't do anything to stand out or prove a point. My actions were not to draw attention toward myself or done with an air of condescension. I just am of the conviction that it is not appropriate to say the pledge, as my allegiance is elsewhere. And doing it in corporate worship, I believe, is horrific. Again, this in no way makes me arrogant. In fact, I did my best to not stick out. There is nothing misguided or arrogant about this belief, and if my conviction ever changes, I will change. This is just how I believe now. Which one of us do you most agree with and why?