I want to come out of the closet, so to speak, I do not agree with all of the Conservative Christian agenda.
I helps to have other people come out with you and Joe Carter at Evangelical Outpost has done just that in his post, Rousseau’s Allies: Civil Religion and the Pledge of Allegiance
Many Christians are up in arms of the recent ruling that finds the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional. This decision, along with the one in North Carolina that found courts could no longer use the Bible as a required part of the swearing in ceremony, does not really upset me.
Carter sums up his post and my thoughts this way:
Our God is a jealous God and is unlikely to look favorably upon idolatry even when it is put to good service. While we should be as tolerant of â€œcivil religionâ€ as we are of other beliefs, we can’t justify submitting to it ourselves. That is not to say that we can’t say the Pledge and think of the one true God. But we should keep in mind that this fight isn’t our fight and the â€œgodâ€ of America’s civil religion is not the God who died on the Cross.
The dichotomy of the situation presents two troubling alternatives for American Christians who focus on these things. Either the phrase has no real meaning or importance, in which case why focus so much time and attention on it, or the phrase is a very real acknowledgement of a Christian God, in which case it becomes unconstitutional.
I hold to the first opinion that the phrase “under God” has long since lost any type of significance or meaning in our nation and culture. To be constitutional it would have to be watered down to include any and all versions and ideas about “god.” I don’t worship a watered down, multipersonality god.
As Carter explained, America can keep it’s weakened, respectable Judeo-Christian values “god.” I will take “the God who died on the Cross.”