Pastors Letter: March
Pledge and Amen
As my friends will attest to, I am growing older. But in this month where we celebrate the importance of our great nation, I can still remember in Elementary school that we started our day by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. I was awash in patriotism at an early age. With Patriotism being such an important issue these days and with all of the desire to return to some “Golden age” of religion and Patriotism I am presenting an idea. Let’s combine the Pledge with one of our great Christian Words – Amen!
The word "amen" was transliterated directly from the Hebrew into the koine Greek of the New Testament, then into Latin and into English and many other languages, so that it is practically a universal word. It has come to mean "sure" or truly," an expression of absolute trust and confidence. When one believes God, he indicates his faith by an "amen." When God makes a promise, the believer's response is "amen" "so it will be!" When we pray according to His Word and His will, we know God will answer, so we close with an "amen," and so also do we conclude a great hymn or anthem of praise and faith.
It is, therefore, profoundly meaningful that the entire Bible closes with an "amen." "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen" (Revelation 22:21), assuring everyone who reads these words that the whole Book is absolutely true and trustworthy. Amen!
What I am proposing is that we bring back the pledge and we end it with “Amen”. Teach our young people that we truly believe that we are one nation, under God (Not Trump or Biden, or any other politician), indivisible (we can be united around our founding values) with liberty and justice for all (It gets sticky here because that means that we will strive for every human being, “To be free” and that there is equal justice for all.) AMEN?
I think this is a great idea especially if we truly mean “so it will be”. It could mean an end to partisan politics, eliminating the elevation of ordinary men to the status of a demigod, and truly embrace the idea that we are all brothers and sisters under God. I am sure that everyone who truly loves our country will get on board.
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. AMEN?
Altar A. Ego
Belief and Faith
I’ve been smiling a lot to myself lately from my seat in the “Amen Corner”. I have this feeling that we are going to understand anew that there is a striking difference between “belief” and “faith”. Come on we are hard core Christians our beliefs are solidly grounded in Jesus Christ. And we have a faith that truly believes this is God’s world.
But let’s look at this another way. We can easily say we believe that someone can push a wheelbarrow over a robe across Niagra Falls. The question put to you is will you get in that wheelbarrow. You see it is faith that lets you get into the wheelbarrow.
Belief is important. As someone once said, “What a man accomplishes depends on what he believes.” But faith goes deeper than belief. As someone else said, “Faith is believing what you know ain’t so.” Faith accomplishes things that belief cannot.
Albert Schweitzer once said, “All work that is worth anything is done in faith.”
We all believe in many things. Let us also have great faith.
I have the feeling we are going to have our beliefs tested as we are asked to believe in things that ain’t so. Then again, I probably won’t be surprised because the church I know and love has climbed into a whole lot of Wheelbarrows over the last several years and we’ve survived with renewed strength.
Yours, excited about what ever new rope we will cross pushed by the Spirit,
Altar A. Ego