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Ultimate Allegiance of Christians—A Most Unique Error -
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    "Ultimate allegiance of Christians" is a subtly deceptive phrase because it deludes us into thinking a Christian can have a sovereign other than King Jesus.

  • Even if "ultimate allegiance" seems to be a contradiction in terms, it has both biblical and cultural American foundations. In Daniel 2.37-8 (NRSV) Daniel does not hesitate to acclaim Nebuchadnezzar as:

    You, O king, the king of kings— to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, the might,
    and the glory,into whose hand he has given human beings, wherever they live, the wild animals of the
    field, and the birds of the air, and whom he has established as ruler over them all—

    Daniel freely acknowledges Nebuchadnezzar as sovereign ( Dan. 4.22: ' your sovereignty [reaches] to the ends of the earth") but tells him he will be reduced to a grass-eating, crazed idiot unless Nebuchadnezzar learns that "the Most High has sovereignty over the kingdom of mortals, and gives it to whom he will" (v.25). The "ultimate sovereignty" concept is built into the Pledge of Allegiance as well: "I pledge the nation, UNDER GOD....." As for the Oath of Allegiance, a pacifist Christian would not "have to lie under such circumstances" when asked to take it. The website of the US Citizenship and Naturalization Services ( notes that " In certain circumstances there can be a modification or waiver of the Oath of Allegiance". Chapter 5, p.38 of "A Guide to Naturalization" notes a waiver can be given to those with religious objections to the military or even to noncombatant service. And while YOU may view Jesus as "a foreign prince...or sovereignty", most Americans don't. They would be appalled that anyone would think the Oath required them to renounce God or Jesus in order to become an American. In fact, I think most Americans, and particularly most evangelicals, view Jesus as a de facto American anyway, someone who would never to do anything to upset our red, white, and blue applecart. So your allegiance to King Jesus ain't no problem, bro!

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