Christian Themes in America
The Pledge of Allegiance
Congress recognized the pledge in 1942, but in 1954 President Eisenhower signed a law that amended it to include “under God.” Since then, the pledge has remained: “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.”
References to God in National Hymns
Previous to Key’s Star Spangled Banner, My Country Tis’ of Thee, was a beloved hymn sung by Americans. In it Americans sing, “Our fathers' God to Thee, Author of liberty, To Thee we sing.”
In God Bless America, Americans sing for God to “stand beside her and guide her,” and in America the Beautiful they sing “God shed his grace on thee… God mend thine every flaw… May God thy gold refine, till all success be nobleness, and every gain divine!”
The Navy hymn, Eternal Father, Strong to Save, well known among Christians and found in most Protestant hymnals, appeals to the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.