Saturday, June 14, 2014

Commentary on The Pledge of Allegiance by Red Skelton

A a schoolboy, one of Red Skelton’s teachers explained the words and meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance to his class. Skelton later wrote down, and eventually recorded, his recollection of this lecture. The last sentence was a prophecy of what would happen decades later. From the Red Skelton Hour January 14, 1969

You Tube link of Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance

I: Me, an individual, a committee of one.

Pledge: Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.

Allegiance: My love and my devotion.

To the Flag: Our standard; Old Glory ; a symbol of Freedom; wherever she waves there is respect, because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts, Freedom is everybody's job.

United: That means that we have all come together.

States: Individual communities that have united into forty-eight great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose. All divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that is love for country.

And to the Republic: Republic - a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people; and it's from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.

For which it stands

One Nation: One Nation - meaning, so blessed by God.

Indivisible: Incapable of being divided.

With Liberty: Which is Freedom; the right of power to live one's own life, without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.

And Justice: The principle, or qualities, of dealing fairly with others.

For All: For All - which means, boys and girls, it's as much your country as it is mine. And now, boys and girls, let me hear you recite the Pledge of Allegiance:

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country, and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance: Under God.

Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said that it's a prayer, and it would be eliminated from schools, too? --Red Skelton


Thursday, June 12, 2014

How Will You Spend Your Penny (Life)?

My friends, our little lives (born - die) are but a penny, a one cent coin, easily spent and giving very little satisfaction in doing so. We – as frail human beings - are here on this planet for just a brief moment and then we are gone (Job 14:1-2, Eccl. 1:1-3, Isa. 40:6,1 Peter 1:24). Indeed, all we are is dust in the wind. To put “all of our eggs” into the temporal and doomed basket of this life (existence) is the height of insanity, delusional folly, rebellion and unbelief. ETERNITY is our future and we must all be ready for it on Almighty God’s terms and conditions. The Bible – Almighty God’s infallible Word - states that we ALL need to be clothed rightly with the absolute perfection of Almighty God’s RIGHTEOUSNESS to avoid ETERNAL judgment and to enter into God’s HOLY and PERFECT heaven (John 3:16-17, Rev. 21:27, 22:14). We on our own human merit and fallen nature can NEVER enter in or be delivered from the righteous judgment of Almighty God (Rom. 6:23; 10:2-4, Gal. 2:21, Eph. 2:8-9). The Bible clearly teaches that ALL have transgressed the ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS standards and absolutes of Almighty God and ALL have fallen woefully short to the ABSOLUTE PERFECTION of Almighty God’s RIGHTEOUSNESS demanded by Him (Rom. 3:23).

We – as frail human beings - are here on this planet for just a brief moment and then we are gone. Indeed, all we are is dust in Are You Perfect?the wind.

Are You Perfect?

Which man or woman among you can EVER profess and claim that you have kept PERFECTLY the Ten Commandments of Almighty God with ALL (100%) of your heart, soul and mind? No one is that crazy to make such a foolish statement. If you are one to make such a claim please take this brief test. Almighty God’s Holy Law (The 10 Commandments) clearly reveals and conveys to every human being that we are truly transgressors of the natural and SPIRITUAL absolutes of Almighty God and that we are fully accountable to Him on this matter (Isa. 1:18, Rom 3:23; 5:12-21, 1 Cor. 15:50).

What then is one to do if we cannot merit or earn our way, not just into Heaven; but to escape the wrath of Almighty God for our transgressions and violations of His PERFECT RIGHTEOUS ABSOLUTES?

The Bible - God’s Word - clearly states for all of Adam’s fallen race (Rom. 5:12-21) to comprehend and believe that:

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16-17)

“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation (the satisfying payment) for our sins” (1 John 4:10)

We on our own could NEVER live up to the ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS STANDARDS of Almighty God in our fallen state (Romans 7) and would be doomed FOREVER, but Almighty God saw our fallen godless imperfections and made provision for us in the Person of His Son , the Lord Jesus Christ!! Our righteousness is found ONLY in Him. He died in our place. He paid our debt. He ransomed our souls and redeemed us from ourselves. No wonder the Apostle Paul so wondrously comprehended what the Lord had done for Him when he made this victorious and jubilant cry of victory! “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin (Rom. 7:24-25)

My friend when one is objectively looking to Almighty God and His Word you then will clearly see that you need a Savior and that Almighty God has provided One for you in the Person of His Son!! I do not know how to say anything more wonderful to you than that!

This life is but penny, easily spent and giving very little satisfaction in doing so.

Trust in Almighty God's Hands

Remember my dear friend, our lives here in this world (born – die) are but for a brief moment. It is but penny, easily spent and giving very little satisfaction in doing so. When we look at this wretched world from Almighty God’s HEAVENLY and ETERNAL perspective… oh… how foolish are we if we hold onto these vain temporal moments - which are only clothed in death and sorrow – when Almighty God in His great love paid the price for you and for me to be with Him FOREVERMORE.

My Friend, how will you spend your penny? Will you hold onto it with a clenched fist to your ETERNAL doom or will you give it to the One whose nail pierced hands display and testify to all of His great ETERNAL love for you and me, and then live with Him FOREVERMORE? Oh my friend!! Place your trust in the Savior today; you will NEVER be the same!!
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