We don’t pray to flag, but to God

Published 1:11 am Sunday, October 29, 2017

In reference to kneeling during the Pledge of Allegiance. Prayer being the excuse for kneeling, and I believe it is only an excuse.

I also believe it is showing disrespect for our flag.

You say you want unity. Well, you won’t get it by showing disrespect during the pledge. Why not pray before or after the pledge? We all need to pray, 1 Thessalonians 5:7 says to pray without ceasing. If we would pray more instead of complaining and showing disrespect, I think the world would be a better place.

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I think of a story where two women were watching a parade. As the band was marching, one young man was out of step in line. One woman said to the other, “Look, my son is the only one in step in the line.” Looking at the picture in The Democrat with everyone standing for the pledge except one, that seems to be out of line. Since you are a praying person, I assume you also read the Bible.

Think of Ecclesiastes 3:1: “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

As I understand, it was time for the pledge not prayer. Forgive me if I’m wrong, but I feel it was just showing disrespect to the flag and all it stands for. And even to the people of our community.

We don’t pray to the flag, we pray to God, that is where our help comes from.

We all need to be better examples, especially those of us who are leaders in our community. Our young people are watching and listening, and they are going to mimic the adults. What will the results be? More disrespect for the flag, and, yes, even disrespect for their leaders.

Get it together people! We don’t need more trouble. If you want to take a knee, then why not do it God’s way? II Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

That’s the answer for unity.

Let us all pull together and pray for the leaders of our community, town, state and country. God bless you.
Clara Anders

Natchez resident