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Three Meter Zone | JD's Bunker | Poetry | Chapel | American Journal


Paul Schneidmill


Monday through Friday, I work in an office.  There’s no set dress code there, but folk are expected to be what I would call, “professionally presentable.”  I could probably question that based on some of the things I’ve seen worn by various fellow employees from time to time, but I gather that the attire I observed was within the parameters of this un-set, yet implied “professional workplace” dress code.


Monday through Wednesday, I wear a tie (I used to go to Thursday, but that’s too much information for now).  However, these are not your average, ordinary, “garden-variety” ties. 


The ties I wear all have some sorts of Biblically based connotations or themes, with designs ranging from Noah’s Ark to the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ.  Ultimately, my ties are a way of identifying me as a servant of the God of the Bible.  My ties are symbolic of my allegiance to Him.


My country, the good ole U.S. of A, also utilizes and recognizes symbols as a way of identifying allegiance to the nation.  We have the American Flag, the Eagle, etc., and some of the symbols our country recognizes, also identifies, or at least, shows, that as a nation, we have an allegiance (or at least, a connection) to the God of the Bible. 


Recently, I was looking at the back of a U.S. dollar bill (which I happened to have in my possession on this particular occasion) and I read the words, “In God We Trust.”  This reminded me of the phrase that has been implemented and ratified in our National Pledge of Allegiance, “One Nation Under God.” 


The words of that phrase motivated and inspired me to write what you’re reading.   


Like many words in the English language, the words, “One,” “Nation,” and “Under,” have several meanings.  For the sake of time, allow me to offer this combined definition for these three words: Being a single unit, object, or entity in particular, characterized by unity among a people who share common customs, origins, history, and often, language, in a lower position or place, subject to the authority and rule of.       


I’ve read and heard of a plethora of recent issues that have sparked controversy stemming from some historical supposition that implies there is supposed to be a separation of Church and State.  Even if there was such an ordinance (which my study of history hasn’t revealed) that doesn’t mean that there should be a separation of Church and state.


I firmly believe that God established the concept of government not long after he spoke the world into existence, and I’ve no doubt that He established the Church.  Our current system of government is modeled after a verse found in the book of Isaiah.  Isaiah 33:22 says, “For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; He will save us.”


The word, “judge” is representative of the Supreme Court (though they’re not really “supreme”).  The word, “lawgiver” is indicative of our Congress, and the word, “king,”…well if you can agree with me, the closest governmental office title our country has to a king , is President (amazing how that worked out).


So, if you’re still with me and you slightly, partially, or overwhelmingly agree that God fore-ordained and established the Church and government (if you don’t, I tried), and that the government established the states, there should be no more separation of Church and state, than a Parent from their child.


If all Americans could agree on that, that would be the beginning for all of us belonging to this nation, to return to being a single unit, object, or entity in particular (ONE), characterized by unity among a people who share common customs, origins, history (NATION) in a lower position or place, subject to the authority and rule of (UNDER) GOD.  That is what the framers of our nation and constitution were Divinely inspired to initiate.


When it all boils down to it, you who live as a member of this vast nation that stretches from “sea to shining sea,” belong to a country that is, and should be, “One Under” GOD.          



Copyright © 2004 Paul Schneidmill