Recently a New Jersey judge ruled that the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Alligence does not violate the rights of athiests or other groups. This follows a similar rulling last year in Massachusetts. I have heard folks sing the praises of these judges, standing up for the “traditional Christian values” of America. Then, in my home state, the public display of 10 Commandments are under fire. They are coming down across the state. Earlier this year, an elemetary school in Valdosta removed its 10 Commandment display.
It is safe to say that the fight to keep “under God” and allow the public display of the 10 commandments in America has captured the American Christian churches attention. There are petitions, websites, news hours, speaches, and endless debate on the topic throughout television and the internet. I have heard numerous good hearted Chrsitians working tirelessly on these issues. Christians have focused a tremendous amount of time, energy, and effort to keep the pledge, schools, and court houses Christian. As I see all of this effort, fight, struggle, resources, and money, used by Christians to fight for the Pledge and the 10 Commandments, I am left with one over riding thought…
What if we cared as much about our neighbor being “under God” as we do the Pledge of Allegiance?
What if we cared as much about our co-worker’s life displaying the 10 commandments as our local court house?