A Little Comma

Carol DunfeeHoliday, Prayer & FastingLeave a Comment

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. A little comma that changes everything.

He says, “One nation, under God indivisible…”

I asked him about it one time. 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.
  • We admit that our national security is dependent upon God, not politics or military might.
  • We confess that God is not obligated to protect a nation that rejects Him.
  • We acknowledge that God is sovereign.
  • 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.


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About Carol Dunfee

Carol is a wife, mom, piano teacher, and blogger for Alaska Christian Women’s Ministry. Having grown up in church, life made her dissatisfied with empty religious traditions and trite answers. She discovered that Jesus alone is the way to real life and true contentment. Ever stumbling and learning herself, she invites her readers to experience God’s love and forgiveness like never before. Read more at CarolDunfee.com.

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