4th June 2012 by Bill Davis

As I write this, I certainly welcome any input or correction from our military readers. I chose not to “ask approval” of the accuracy, but to “ask forgiveness” for any mistakes. I was reading about the Oath of Office many of our Military personnel are required to take. One of the items is to defend the Constitution of the United States. “I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,…” I pray that we will all agree that it is not those in Washington sitting behind mahogany desk that make freedom possible, but those fighting and dying for our freedom. As there are those who feel God should be taken out of virtually everything, then why do we ask our youth; our greatest future asset, to die defending the right to have God professed publicly?

“The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.” “The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is also the first section of the Bill of Rights. It is arguably the most important part of the U.S. Constitution, as it guarantees freedoms of religion, speech, writing and publishing, peaceful assembly, and the freedom to raise grievances with the Government. In addition, it requires that a wall of separation be maintained between church and state.” Now, the wall of separation does not say that religion must stay out of government, but that government must stay out of religion.Sorry, anti-Christian type people; but this doesn’t sound to me that our Founding Fathers wanted you to have the right to remove God from virtually everything, but to allow us Christians the right to continue our public display of affection for God.

Matthew 10:32-33 Contemporary English Version (CEV); “If you tell others that you belong to me, I will tell my Father in heaven that you are my followers. But if you reject me, I will tell my Father in heaven that you don’t belong to me.” Finally the day comes that you get to see and meet Jesus Christ face to face. Can you even imagine how you would feel if He says: Matthew 7:21-23 Contemporary English Version (CEV); “Not everyone who calls Me their Lord will get into the kingdom of heaven. Only the ones who obey My Father in heaven will get in.  On the day of judgment many will call Me their Lord. They will say, ‘We preached in your name, and in your name we forced out demons and worked many miracles.’  But I will tell them, ‘I will have nothing to do with you! Get out of My sight, you evil people!” Someone you claim to love tells you to get out of their sight! I do not want anything to do with you!

“I, _____ , having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.”

So help me..who? Did I miss something? We require our military to swear unto God that they will defend our right to openly worship God, even to their death. We actually ask and expect them to be willing to die for something we too often don’t even want? Perhaps, just perhaps; we should all step down from our own ivory tower to realize what is really going on around us.

Thank you men and women of our Military Services.

Bill Davis

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