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Freedom – A Cause Worth Fighting For

July 25, 2011 by  
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America celebrates July 4th as Independence Day. Bloody battles were fought to bring freedom to the Colonies. “Taxation without Representation” was one of the primary grievances, and the central cause of the English Civil War. The people of this new land wanted the freedom to govern themselves.

Down through the ages many battles have been fought to maintain that freedom. No country wants to be in bondage to another. Freedom is a cause worthy of protection, to the point of sacrificing lives.

Our Country was founded on Godly principles. “FOR GOD AND COUNTRY” became the battle cry that sent our men forth to defend this great nation. On July 11, 1955, legalization made it mandatory that the phrase “IN GOD WE TRUST” be inscribed on all coins and currency. A law was passed by the 84th Congress and approved by the president on June 30, 1956 declaring “IN GOD WE TRUST’ to be the national motto of the United States. Americans took pride in those words, and would defend them to the death. It had real meaning, and most did their best to live by it.

The Pledge of Allegiance first came into being in 1892, and was changed several times over the years. On June 4, 1954 the words “UNDER GOD” were added. This pledge is a powerful testimony of our faith and belief in our country.

These words now read:

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.

Proclaiming this oath of loyalty should be said with great pride, however, there may be a tendency among many Americans to recite, “by rote” with little thought for the words themselves. Let us take a moment to examine these words.

I pledge allegiance I promise to be faithful and true (Promise my loyalty)

to the flag to the emblem that stands for and represents

of the United States all 50 states, each of them individual, and individually

represented on the flag

of America yet formed into a UNION of one Nation.

and to the Republic And I also pledge my loyalty to the Government that is

itself a Republic, a form of government where the PEOPLE

are sovereign,

for which it stands this government also being represented by the Flag to

which I promise loyalty.

one Nation under God, These 50 individual states are united as a single Republic

under the Divine providence of God, “our most powerful

resource” (according to the words of President

Eisenhower)

indivisible and cannot be separated.

with liberty the people of this Nation being afforded the freedom to

pursue “life, liberty, and happiness.”

and justice and each person entitled to be treated justly, fairly, and

according to proper law and principle,”

for all and these principles are afforded to EVERY AMERICAN,

regardless of race, religion, color, creed, and any other

other criteria. Just as the flag represents 50 individual

States that cannot be divided or separated, this Nation

represents millions of people who cannot be separated

or divided.

Thus it is that when you Pledge allegiance to the United States Flag, You:

Promise your loyalty to the Flag itself.

Promise your loyalty to your own and the other 49 states.

Promise your loyalty to the Government that unites us all,

recognizing that we are ONE Nation under God,

that we cannot or should not be divided or alone,

and understanding the right to Liberty and Justice belongs to

ALL of us.

This explanation is taken from the “Home of Heroes” website

We are a country that has been blessed with prosperity and freedom. It cannot be taken for granted. It must be cherished and preserved. Yes, it is worth laying our lives down for, but that is not the problem we face today. It is the fact that in the past we have made God the backbone of our country, and it is because of this we have been blessed.

Now there is a move today to rid our nation of the very One who is the source of our blessings. Without the presence of God, there is no conscience. Without a conscience comes freedom of another kind, freedom for Satan to move throughout our Government to bring about the “New World Order” system. Without God, our freedom is at stake.

We as Christians must defend our country. We are in a battle, but not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers of darkness. We have been given the weapons of our warfare and the armor of God to go into battle against the enemy who comes to kill, steal, and destroy. Let us raise our banner, “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and go forth with a mighty cry, “FOR GOD AND COUNTRY.”

To the victor go the spoils. Through prayer, and action directed by God, Himself, we will be victorious. We must fight to keep God as the foundation of our Country for it is our only hope to maintain Godly freedom.

Sylvia Hensel is a mother of two, grandmother of three and great-grandmother of six. She is a facilitator for yearly retreats at her church. Since January of 2008 she joined Faithwriters and had also written for Yesterday’s Memories Magazine and is the process of preparing a story for Guideposts. Her heart’s desire if to use the talents God has given her to win souls and encourage others through her writing.

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