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Should Christians Recite the Pledge of Allegiance?

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by go2church, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. go2church

    go2church Active Member

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    Considering the hoopla over the school in New York having students recite the pledge in Arabic, it got me thinking, should Christians recite the pledge? Is it a form of idolatry or just something a good citizen should do?
     
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    righteousdude2 Well-Known Member

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    In James 5:12 we are reminded to not swear or take an oath ..... and many take that to mean our pledge. There are quite a few verses on this, so one must be careful to what and whom they vow or swear an oath to.
     
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    Revmitchell Well-Known Member

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    Idolatry....what garage will they come up with next to be Anti-American
     
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    carpro Well-Known Member

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    Sure.

    There is no good reason not to. Not even close to being idolatry or any other kind of sin.
     
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    Rolfe Well-Known Member

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    Is the marriage vow a form of idolatry?

    One is promising to be faithful in each.
     
  6. Zaac

    Zaac Well-Known Member

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    I was just thinking about that.
    Was also thinking about going to court and swearing on the Bible.
    How about an oath of office?
    How about being licensed as an officer of the court?
    What about the Hippocratic oath?
     
  7. Bro. Curtis

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    What about your oath of Military Service ?


    Boy Scouts ?


    Sing a High School or College Fight song ?
     
  8. HankD

    HankD Well-Known Member

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    What about some of our Christian hymns?

    e.g. "I have decided to follow Jesus" That's kind of an oath, ey?
    OR "I surrender all", etc...

    HankD
     
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    It's not idolatry to make a speech which essentially is just acknowledging the responsibility you are about to undertake for whatever the occasion.
     
  10. church mouse guy

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    I think that the Jehovah's Witnesses are exempt by federal court ruling from saying the pledge or saluting the flag under the 1943 case West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette.

    The way that I understand that case, everyone is exempt if they so choose.

    Look for the religious left to join their equals the Jehovah's Witnesses in refusing to pledge allegiance or salute the American flag.
     
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    HankD Well-Known Member

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    so would it be hypocritical for them to accept services from those who are required to make an oath? Like soldiers, police officers, doctors, etc...

    HankD
     
  12. church mouse guy

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    Words fail....
     
  13. go2church

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    If instead of allegiance the word deference or respect were to be used, would that make a difference for those saying no, to reciting the pledge.

    For those saying yes, how far does your allegiance go?

    I'm fine with those who choose not to recite the pledge, this a free country after all.
     
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    Actually, the law says that everyone is exempt but so far only Jehovah's Witnesses have used the law to any extent.
     
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    It might be a good idea for someone who is confused about God's place in their life to avoid any pledge or vow. Including marrriage.

    Otherwise , let 'er rip.
     
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