I generally like to fit in and fly under the radar. I don’t mind being different, but I don’t want to make a scene about it. So, when I noticed my dad saying the Pledge of Allegiance differently, I hoped no one else noticed. After all, why say it differently than the 500 other people in the building??Everyone around him says, “One nation, under God, indivisible,” with a small pause at each comma.Dad removes one single comma. That little comma changes the meaning.He says, “One nation, under God indivisible…”When I was college-aged, I asked him about it. He explained that you can’t separate America’s indivisibility from its relationship to God. America’s ability to remain a united nation is wholly dependent upon America’s choice to remain “under God”.By removing the comma, we recognize that without God’s grace, our nation is NOT indivisible. It is subject to being torn apart–from within and from without.
By removing the comma, we admit that our national security is dependent upon God, not politics or military might.
By removing the comma, we confess that God is not required to protect a nation that rejects Him.
By removing the comma, we acknowledge that God is sovereign.
By removing the comma, we humbly surrender our sins of arrogance and pride.
As an adult, I also find myself eliminating the pause between “indivisible” and “under God”. It is a subtle act of surrender to the One True Ruler. It is my acknowledgement of the sovereignty of Jesus over all things. It is my prayer.