Sermon: We Give Our Heads and Hearts
Given 03-Jul-21; 78 minutes
Although the 83rd Congress of the United Stated officially added phrase "one nation under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954, the original pledge, written by Colonel George T. Balch in 1887 read, "We give our heads and hearts to God and our country; one county, one language, one flag!" Ironically, a socialist preacher, Francis Bellamy, removed the reference to God, thinking it appeared too naïve to a republic created by men. Though not all the Founding Fathers were God-fearing men, some of them (including John Adams) warned that a constitutional republic would only work for a moral people. Consequently, for nearly 245 years, Americans enjoyed the largess of the blessings springing from Abraham's obedience (Genesis 22:1-18). Recently, with the ascendancy of godless and secular thinking, blessings and freedoms are beginning to disintegrate. As God notified Nebuchadnezzar and us through the Prophet Daniel, the governments of mankind would degenerate from gold to iron and clay (Daniel 2); this deterioration includes the last of the governmental structures—the governments of Jacob's offspring. Upon His return, Christ will forcibly crush all of man's governments. God's people (as ambassadors, pilgrims, and sojourners in alien locales) must pledge their hearts, minds, and allegiance to this coming Kingdom of God which will last forever, imitating the example of George Balch, who faithfully and unswervingly carried out his duties amidst political chaos all around him.
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