Our nation is kinda Christian. Christian whenever it’s convenient in courts of law, but often not when it comes to treating “non-Americans” with kindness, humility, and grace.
My school just started having a specific morning routine. In it, they recite the pledge of allegiance, (which I thought was an obsolete practice). There are beautiful and vital key phrases within those lines, within that promise of loyalty and faithfulness. In its original form, it read something else and with national and international events and situations, it changed twice. Here is the final rendition, if you don’t remember it; “I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all”.
In its essence, (to me, and by defining “under”), under God means to recognize that we are covered by, beneath, or surrounded by God: by something higher than us. If we were to practice this concept or embrace it in a nation, it would simply mean having a posture of reverence, towards ourselves, and our neighbors, and the understanding that we are small, and created for immense things.
In its essence, our nation is meant to stand for “indivisibility, liberty, and justice for all.” But, aside from class disparities, systemic racism, and politics, there are an infinite amount of things we can do within our main nucleus to uphold these ideal values within us.
For me, that is honoring my sanity, my space, and those I decided to teach.
What else could it be?