Saturday, March 5, 2011

I Pledge Allegiance

So today as missions leader for my youth group I was doing my duty and researching France. The country we will be praying for and learning about in the month of March. Well I thought it might be kind of cool to research the Pledge of Allegiance for France.
I found out though that we, America, are the only country with a pledge of allegiance. I Googled pledge of France, it took me to Wiki-Answers. This was the answer to the question, "What is the pledge of France?"

"I know of only one country that has a national pledge, and that is the USA. It may surprise you to know that many of the rest of us find the idea of the pledge, especially in schools, abhorrent and propagandist."

Somehow that made me feel amazing. Yeah, I live in the only country with a pledge of allegiance. We say it loud and proud all the time. And you know what? It has God in it! Yes, I was suddenly very proud of my country.
How often though do we forget what an amazing country we live in? I know I often get caught up in whining about our politics, our ideals, and the way our country has been ignoring God. Although all those things are true, and can be frustrating, it doesn't mean we are any less of an amazing country! I feel that often we get too busy complaining about things we don't like and not enough being grateful for what we have in our country.
I am so thankful God has blessed America in the way he has, in spite of our rebellious sinful nature. So to wrap up this odd post of randomness. I would like to encourage you the next time you begin to complain to think of the freedoms you enjoy here in America.