The words to the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America are a bit controversial. Some want the phrase “under God” removed. Others consider it inappropriate to pledge allegiance to the flag, which is a symbol of the country, rather than pledging to something more important.
I propose a new Pledge of Allegiance that overcomes these problems. The words of my proposed pledge are printed later in this article.
I realize many oppose changing the Pledge of Allegiance in any way. It has probably been recited happily and lovingly by millions of people multiple times.
As a child, I often enjoyed patriotically reciting the pledge. I considered it almost sacrilegious when persons desecrated the flag in some way. Tears came to my eyes at times when I heard Johnny Cash on a country radio station during my childhood singing his popular song, Ragged Old Flag.
But I now agree with those who feel we ought to recite a pledge to something more substantial than the flag. The flag is an important, recognizable, and widely visible symbol of the United States and its government — but it is only a symbol.
Also, while I like having a reference to God in the Pledge, I think a reference to obedience to the highest righteous authority (which I consider to be God) is adequate. This preserves the concept of God while better exemplifying the freedom of religion that many of our Founding Fathers supported.
Furthermore, blind obedience is not true patriotism. In contrast, true patriotism seeks to follow righteousness and truth to make oneself, one’s neighborhood, one’s country, and the world a better place.
Perhaps United States Senator Carl Schurz put it best more than a century ago when, according to numerous sources, he stated words similar to, “My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; if wrong, to be set right.”
With this in mind, I wrote a new Pledge of Allegiance, which I print below.
A Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America
I pledge allegiance to helping make the United States of America a better country by seeking to be obedient to the highest righteous authority and to always be truthful in a loving way, seeking appropriate liberty and justice for all.
If my above proposed new Pledge is acceptable as an improvement to and replacement for the current Pledge of Allegiance, I give God’s Holy Spirit, which I consider the highest righteous authority, credit for it. I know I could write nothing on my own. And I take responsibility for any failings in it and hope no one is offended.