Options, Amendments, Commands

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag:

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

My thoughts about these two pieces of writ for many years and to this day are in very brief, as follows:

Rules, including the rule of law -as much as I and most agree are needed, helpful and useful to keep public order and peace among any population- fly in the face of grace, mercy, openness to another point of view and in fact put borders and boundaries around our freedom/s.

Ignorant persons, or liars, or self-righteous folks may say (and do say) true liberty can only happen when there is zero law. Regardless where you live on planet earth and/or spiritual beliefs and practices, you as I and all of us are flawed, imperfect, prone to break at least some of the very laws we appreciate and dearly want enforced upon others.

You may argue whether The Bible is literally perfect but I can argue that neither of the two pieces I quote here are either perfect nor eternal. Jesus tells us His words will “NEVER pass away.”

How the Constitution is interpreted, enforced and adjudicated like how the Bible is interpreted and applied (or not) is the issue, isn’t it? Isn’t it? Isn’t that the case my friends (and if you happen to be, enemies)?!

The Bible, the U.S. Constitution, the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag each direct us to ideals, concepts, stated positions and indeed laws (or in the sense of the Allegiance) at core, call us to commitment.

As to the Constitution and Pledge, I cannot say I disagree with them -to a point, mind you… and yet the interpretation of any of them as per The Bible becomes fraught with the possibility to demand ever more law and enforcement by others -over- us, therefore becoming paramount even over biblical love, mercy and justice.

Honestly, how willing are we to consider and recognize our own lack of love, mercy and justice? A clean mirror of our attitudes, treatment of -all-, actual implementation of these virtues in our daily life will tell us a lot about where our true commitment truly is.

Again, we break laws every day, each and all of us, therefore my position is that we had best “err in mercy and grace” or what we claim to be justice becomes akin to dictatorship where any sense of true liberty is something and somewhere else.

“But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” ESV

“But he who looks carefully into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and faithfully abides by it, not having become a [careless] listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he will be blessed and favored by God in what he does [in his life of obedience].” AMP

James 1.25 puts God’s Word and our loving response to Him and our neighbor far over any Constitution or Pledge as much as you may think them good.

The Greek word translated “perfect” means “complete, brought to it’s end, finished, mature.”

I and each of us have a long way to go for such maturity to happen in our life. I am convinced the Word of God is the roadmap to there and to eternity when the nations of the earth as we now know them will no will longer exist. That day is coming.

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

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