Should true Christians pledge allegiance to the flag? According to the Bible, the answer is “no.” Why not?
For starters, this pledge is not part of the U.S. constitution, nor is it a law that requires anyone to say it. It is completely voluntary to say it, or not say it. It was not even composed until 1892, over 100 years after the founding of the U.S.
Most people, like robots, parrot the words of this pledge. That does not mean that you as a Christian should, does it?
Christians should obey the laws of the nations they live in.
“Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God. So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have its approval. For government is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, because it does not carry the sword for no reason. For government is God’s servant, an avenger that brings wrath on the one who does wrong. Therefore, you must submit, not only because of wrath, but also because of your conscience. And for this reason you pay taxes, since the authorities are God’s public servants, continually attending to these tasks. Pay your obligations to everyone: taxes to those you owe taxes, tolls to those you owe tolls, respect to those you owe respect, and honor to those you owe honor.” (Romans 13:1-7)
The one exception to this is laws which conflict with God’s laws. “Then He said to them, ‘Therefore give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ ” (Matthew 22:21)
“But Peter and John answered them, ‘Whether it’s right in the sight of God for us to listen to you rather than to God, you decide.‘ (Acts 4:19)
“But Peter and the apostles replied, ‘We must obey God rather than men. ‘” (Acts 5:29)
Which Bible principles does the Pledge violate?
1. Jesus directly, without any qualifiers prohibits Christians from making an oath to anything for any reason. “Again, you have heard that it was said to our ancestors, You must not break your oath, but you must keep your oaths to the Lord. But I tell you, don’t take an oath at all: either by heaven, because it is God’s throne; or by the earth, because it is His footstool; or by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King. Neither should you swear by your head, because you cannot make a single hair white or black. But let your word ‘yes’ be ‘yes,’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no.’ Anything more than this is from the evil one.” (Matthew 5:33-37)
2. Jesus points out the eternal truth that a person cannot serve two masters at the same time. “No one can be a slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves of God and of money.” (Matthew 6:24)
3. Jesus Kingdom is not park of this world. “‘My kingdom is not of this world,’ said Jesus. ‘If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I wouldn’t be handed over to the Jews. As it is, My kingdom does not have its origin here.'” (John 18:36)
4. His followers are not to be part of this world. “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it, the world hates you.” (John 15:19) “I have given them Your word. The world hated them because they are not of the world, as I am not of the world. ” (John 17:14) “They are not of the world, as I am not of the world.” (John 17:16)
5. Christians’ primary citizenship and loyalty is heavenly, not earthly. “But our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. ” (Phil 3:20)
6. The oath of allegiance to the flag and the republic for which it stands is tantamount to idolatry in that it puts allegiance to it unqualifiedly. “Little children, guard yourselves from idols.” (1 John 5:21) This makes it an idol, ahead of Almighty God.
All scriptures quoted from the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)