In an attempt to help our children learn about allegiance, honor, and respect, we taught them five pledges (one for every day of the week) and printed or made appropriate flags for each pledge. We have found that many TCK’s struggle with this issue: to which country should they give their allegiance. Some TCK’s when returning to their home country for a period of time, find it difficult to pledge their allegiance to the flag of a country that feels “foreign” to them.
Even kids who never leave their homeland would benefit from learning the following pledges (with an adaptation to the final pledge).
Pledge #1: [This pledge comes from a song made popular by Ray Boltz]—“I pledge allegiance to the Lamb, with all my heart, with all I am; I seek to honor His command. I pledge allegiance to the Lamb.”
Pledge #2: [The Bible]—“I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s Holy Word–a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. I will hide its words in my heart that I might not sin against God.
Pledge #3: [The Christian Flag]—“I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag and to the Savior, For whose Kingdom it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again,
With life and liberty for all who believe.”
Pledge #4—[U.S. Flag]—“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.”
Pledge #5—[Host Country]—“I pledge to honor and respect the country of _____, as long as I live within her borders. I commit to pray for this nation, her people, her leaders, and her president; and I desire to see this nation worship the Lord God Almighty.”
Our family invented this final pledge. It proved to be a blessing to the local lady we had trained to help us with home-schooling. It gave her a sense of pride for her country and unity with us that we were praying for her homeland. It helped our children learn respect for our host country and its flag.
For families who never leave their homeland, this last pledge can be modified to focus on a different country each week or month for the purpose of praying for that country. It could say something like: ” I pledge to pray for the country of____, this nation, her people, …” This would not only help children learn geography, but it would give them a heart for the nations.
Saying each of the pledges every school day for two years, and talking about what allegiance, honor, and respect mean, helped our kids put things in perspective. Knowing that their greatest allegiance is not to our home country OR host country, but to our King and His Kingdom, gives our kids peace amidst many lands they have come to call home!