Pledge of Allegiance Controversy

Two words (under God) within the Pledge of Allegiance has managed to spark a massive controversy in the United States of America.

One group believes those words should be included to prove we are a Christian based nation and this will cause us to be blessed by God.

Another group thinks the words should not be included, because we are a diverse nation.  There are many religions represented in America.  There are also agnostics and atheists in our country.  Removing those two words would support that diversity.

I think the “under God” argument distracts us from a bigger problem.

Why don’t we take time to focus on what else is written within that pledge?  Why don’t we stop fighting over two words and start working toward building a united nation (one nation)?  Why don’t we spend more time ensuring liberty and justice for all citizens?

When a poor person spends years in prison for a non-violent crime (drug possession for example) and a rich person is allowed to walk free after spending a couple months in prison for a violent crime (rape for example), the entire pledge seems meaningless.

We could keep fighting over those two words or we could work together to create the ideals represented within that pledge.

 

Baptism Controversy

There are a wide variety of views on baptism and they tend to contradict each other.

  • Should the person be sprinkled with water or submersed in water?
  • Do babies need to be baptized?  Should only believers be baptized as a profession of faith?
  • Is baptism a requirement for salvation?

What are your thoughts on the matter?  Please let me know by leaving a comment.