I Pledge Allegiance

Most commonly, we attach those three words to the US flag and “the republic for which it stands” – but we pledge allegiance to other things in life. New citizens make a pledge. Newlyweds make a pledge. Scouts make a pledge. When you accept a job, you pledge to abide by company policies. When you join a civic club, you agree to their terms. When you join a church, you make commitments to the fellowship. When you become a Christian, you enter into a covenant relationship with God.

Under certain circumstances, a pledge might be required, but most often the pledge that matters is volunteered. It isn’t the recitation of words; it is the dedication of the will. Webster’s Dictionary defines allegiance as loyalty or devotion.

What’s worth your allegiance? Your faith? Your church? Your marriage? Your family? Your friendships? Your school? Your work? Your community? Your country? We make decisions and take actions every day that illustrate the allegiance we have pledged.

What does allegiance require? There are a few things that come to mind – commitment, discipline, faithfulness, determination …

November 11 is Veterans Day. In 1921, an unknown World War I American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Similar ceremonies were conducted in England and France, each taking place at the highest place of honor in that country. For England, it was Westminster Abbey. For France, it was the Arc de Triomphe. November 11 was chosen because it was the day that recognized the ending of World War I – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The day became known as Armistice Day. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a proclamation to name the day to honor and remember all veterans who have served their country.

We do not glorify war nor do we attempt to wrap God in the American flag, but we do honor allegiance and sacrifice. We acknowledge that men and women have given much to serve.

At Wieuca, we are approaching a day of pledging allegiance. On November 17, Kim and I will join many of you in making a pledge to support the work and witness of our church. We pledge allegiance, not to a budget or a program, but to achieve the mission of our church – loving God, connecting people, changing lives. We will dedicate our lives to being good stewards of our time, talent, and treasure. Let’s make it a great day at Wieuca!

 

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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