Interesting Background of the Author of the Pledge of Allegiance

While looking through the background of the Pledge of Allegiance I found the author Francis Bellamy to be quite different from what I would have expected.  Although a Baptist preacher, Bellamy was also a Mason (that says alot right there) and he was notably a Socialist.  Seems a strange combination today but it wasn’t that uncommon in those days to claim to be all those.

While I was looking for more information about the beginning of the Pledge and it’s author, I was sent a link to a very helpful article. (Thanks Jennifer)

The Socialistic History of the Pledge to the Flag by Israel Wayne

The Author of the Pledge

The author of the Pledge, Francis Bellamy (1855-1931), was a Baptist minister, a Freemason and a socialist activist. (Socialism is usually defined as “government ownership and control of the means –including land, labor and capital – of production”.) If this appears incongruent, apparently Francis’ congregation thought so as well, for they put him out of his Boston, MA parish in 1891 because of his socialistic sermons.

Despite Francis’ early ties with the northern Baptists, his theological views were far from Biblical. He refused to believe in the virgin birth, the resurrection or the ascension of Christ, and somehow erroneously insisted that Jesus Christ was a socialist, like himself. In 1889, Francis co-founded, under the influence of his first cousin, Edward Bellamy, the Society of Christian Socialists.

Interesting to know the source for the Pledge of Allegiance.  Although despite the source for the Pledge that still doesn’t answer whether we as Christians should pledge allegiance to the flag or even the country.



2 thoughts on “Interesting Background of the Author of the Pledge of Allegiance

  1. This is quite interesting. I have been struggling with the Pledge for quite a few years now and could never figure out why it bothered me so. I stopped saying it probably 10 years ago and only occasionally put my hand over my heart. Thank you for these 3 posts! Though I love the fact that we have freedom here and I believe it is very important, Our ultimate allegiance should be to God alone and the true freedom that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ. Thank you for saying what I feel in my heart and for the back ground. This is an amazing ministry you have here.


    Berean Wife Reply:


    I’m glad you found the information helpful. Beyond the fact that I believe as a Christian my allegiance belongs to Christ alone, I had never previously looked into the issue. It is interesting to me that others are wrestling with this because sometimes it seems like I’m the only one who questions accepted practices. While I don’t want to be legalistic and say ____________ is sin, I do want to encourage discussion among believers and even personal questioning and soul searching for what the Lord would have us do.

    Berean Wife


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