by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News
Pretty much every country on earth today has a flag representing that country, and children are taught from the earliest ages, usually through public or religious education, to respect and honor that flag, often by saluting it.
In the United States just about every school for children, whether public or private, teaches their students to “Pledge Allegiance” to the flag of the United States of America, while holding their hand over their heart.
Here is the Pledge in its modern day form:
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.
The original Pledge of Allegiance was written by a 37-year-old Baptist Christian Minister named Francis Bellamy in 1892.
I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic, for which it stands,—one nation, indivisible—with liberty and justice for all.
By not specifying to which flag or which republic allegiance was being pledged, Bellamy suggested that his pledge could be used by any country, as well as the United States. (Source.)
The original salute used in reciting the pledge, the “Bellamy salute,” looked like this:
Both the Pledge of Allegiance and the salute to the flag have undergone changes over time.
When World War II broke out, many people noticed that the salute American children were using for the American flag was the same salute that Germans under Hitler, and Italians under Mussolini, started using, and the Bellamy salute fell out of favor in the U.S. because it was considered “too fascist.”
In 1942, Congress amended the Flag Code and President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed it into law specifying that the Pledge should “be rendered by standing with the right hand over the heart,” as it is today.
In its 1940 Gobitis decision (310 US 586), the Supreme Court ruled that schools can compel students to recite the Pledge. In 1954 Congress added the phrase “under God” to the text.
In 1943, the Supreme Court overturned Gobitis and ruled in its Barnette decision (319 US 624) that school children could not be forced to recite the Pledge as a part of their school day routine. (Source.)
This strong national tradition which was started by Christians is still a strong national and religious tradition practiced today, and to refuse to salute the American flag or treat it with disrespect is to be accused of not being a “patriot” and even go against Christian values. Many Christian Churches, for example, have the flag standing next to the cross.
So why am I spending time writing about this today?
Because our country is as divided as ever, placing people into groups and labeling them so everyone can keep fighting each other rather than fighting the Globalists who are dead-set on enslaving us and murdering us, and the label “Patriot” is a classification I see every single day in my newsfeed, mainly among the Christian Right and Trump supporters.
The term “patriot” today can pretty much be weaponized against anyone who disagrees with the narrative of the day that the State wants one to believe and obey, which today includes obeying all COVID-19 restrictions, and being a “good patriot” and getting the “vaccine” to protect everyone else.
For the Christian Right, displaying the flag on national holidays like the 4th of July and Memorial Day is the “Christian” thing to do, and failing to do so is seen as a moral failure.
But I absolutely REFUSE to pledge my allegiance to the American flag, not for political reasons, but because to do so is IDOLTARY.
The English word “allegiance” as defined by the Miriam-Webster dictionary is this:
Definition of allegiance
1 a: the obligation of a feudal vassal to his liege lord
b (1): the fidelity owed by a subject or citizen to a sovereign or government // I pledge allegiance to my country.
(2): the obligation of an alien to the government under which the alien resides
2: devotion or loyalty to a person, group, or cause // allegiance to a political party
The famous “Ten Commandments” given to Moses after the Israelites left Egypt and their slavery starts out with two very specific commandments:
I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God. (Exodus 20:2-5)
The flag of any nation is very clearly an “image,” and to worship or “pledge allegiance” to that image and the nation it represents is very clearly idolatry.
My allegiance belongs to one person only, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who said:
Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
For I have come to turn “a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.”
Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 10:34-39)
There just is no room for “patriotism” for one who has given up everything this life has to offer in exchange for following and serving Jesus Christ.
When you no longer have any attachments to this life that the Satanic Globalists can threaten you with, they no longer have any power over you.
Because the worst thing they can do is kill you, if God allows it, and when you learn to recognize how evil this world and this life is, you will welcome death when it comes, understanding that the best is yet to come.
The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? (Psalms 118:6)
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.
When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:51-58)