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.