PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (2002)

WHEREAS the Church of God believes in the verbal inspiration of the Bible, and in one God eternally existing; namely, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and

WHEREAS we, the anointed body of representatives charged with the divine calling to fulfill the role of guidance and direction to our members; and

WHEREAS we recognize that as our nation’s forefathers proclaimed that we are a nation founded on Christian principles ordained by the Almighty; and

WHEREAS Christians once again must face the challenge of preserving those principles as set forth in President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, which concluded with the words, "that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth;" and

WHEREAS the phrase proclaimed by President Lincoln was added to the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954, as a message that America was truly a nation established, empowered, and enabled by Almighty God; and WHEREAS the United States Supreme Court has considered the words "One Nation under God" as an acknowledgement of our religious heritage; and

WHEREAS strife and peril have once again sparked a renewed sense of patriotism among Americans, following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, which brought Americans to their knees as members of Congress stood hand in hand on the steps of the United States capitol and raised their voices and asked God to bless America;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Church of God and Christians of all denominations do hereby commend the United States Congress and President George W. Bush for the decision to embrace the convictions of Christians and the divine will of God in the decision made to preserve the words that have sustained America as a free nation under God.


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