Why I Stopped Pledging Allegiance →
I've been thinking about this subject a lot lately, and was glad to find Preston Sprinkle's take. He has a PhD in New Testament and I really appreciate his perspective on many issues. He's smart, takes the Bible seriously, and approaches tough subjects with great grace.
For most of my Christian life, I never questioned it. Even in the last 5 years, I did it without reservation. As I reflect on why I used to do it, my reasons were always social, political, and cultural. They were never theological or ethical.
So as of a year ago, I stopped doing it. I no longer pledge my allegiance to the nation that I’m living in.
And he rightly points out, this subject is a hard one to cover in our highly patriotic Christian America:
Christians too often ignore questions related to national allegiance, or they get mad when people raise them. Try blowing up your next Bible study by asking the question: Should Christians stand for the national anthem or recite the Pledge of Allegiance? You might just start a brawl.
Which makes me wonder, Could this unquestioned allegiance be a sign we've gone too far?
Later on in the article, he notes the Apostle John's approach to patriotism in Rome:
The book of Revelation is an aggressive critique of the government, written by a pastor imprisoned for his lack of patriotism. John boldly lambasts Rome for its immorality, greed, pride, excessive luxury, and an addiction to military might that stained the world with blood to secure its interests (Rev 17-18).
"Immorality, greed, pride, excessive luxury, and an addiction to military might..." Sound like another country you know?
I don't know exactly where I land on this issue, but pledging allegiance to anything or anyone other than our Lord and God should not be done lightly.
I'd highly encourage you to take a look at the rest of the article.