July 2014

flower imageeRamsey Reformed Churchline

Saying "Blooming in the Prairie by the Grace of God Once Again!"





We are a people who initially founded our nation upon the premise that united under the leadership of God Almighty we would pursue and protect our right to liberty, justice and the pursuit of happiness. As a child I remember daily pledging allegiance to the flag which symbolized all the hopes, dreams, struggles and divine principles of our people


But what about the people of God; the citizens of His spiritual kingdom? Is there some appropriate "pledge of allegiance" for us? Following the basic format of our nation's pledge, may I suggest to you the following Christian Pledge of Allegiance:


I pledge allegiance to the Father of the
united saints of the kingdom—and to
the Redeemer by Whom we
one Body, unified in Spirit, indivisible,
with liberty and charity for all.


Clearly portrayed in this pledge is a love and respect for the Godhead. Our ultimate allegiance is to God the Father! He is our Creator and our daily Provider. We, who are born of Him, become members not only of a powerful kingdom, but also of a harmonious, happy family.


The Holy Spirit has brought us together as one! All dividing walls are forever broken down. We are one Body, and when this is properly understood, we are also indivisible! Kingdoms divided against themselves cannot stand, but in the Spirit we have been unified.


We are enabled to stand against all foes—and are privileged to stand confidently in the presence of the Father—by the atoning work of our great Redeemer Jesus Christ. Our allegiance is to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Our allegiance should also be to one another! We should daily pledge to uphold the precious freedom which is ours in Christ Jesus, and treat one another with the same spirit of charity/love that He displayed toward us!


The early Restoration Movement leaders had a similar pledge with regard to this last item: "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity." This was based on a statement published in Germany in 1625: "If we would but observe unity in essentials, liberty in non-essentials, charity in all things, our affairs would certainly be in the best possible situation."


It is my fervent prayer that each and every one of us will daily pledge allegiance to our Lord, to His people, and to the unity of the Body.
Al Maxey - The Aloha Spirit
Taken from Pulpit Helps


And as her flag unfurls on high
Its starry splendor to the sky,
May we, in grateful thanks to Thee
Who gave to us this land so free,
Preserve her freedom in Thy way.
Lord, Teach America to Pray!

May our good land be true and just,
Her motto e'er, "In God We Trust."
May she be guided by Thy Word,
Thy wisdom in her halls be heard.
May all who love her plead today,
Lord, Teach America to Pray!


Image of the United States of America flag waving in the breeze