So the NBC broadcast of the US Open last week aired a production of school children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
One problem: According to Christiannewstoday.com, the pre-taped segment “edited out the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, not once, but twice.”
But NBC is covering their little posterior. They also left out the word “indivisible”, so there: Nothing intentional, just a mistake, see, we left out another word too!
Of course, NBC announcer Dan Hicks issued the standard non-apology: “Regrettably, a portion of the Pledge of Allegiance that was in that feature was edited out. It was not done to upset anyone, and we’d like to apologize to those of you who were offended by it.”
Translation: You pathetic Neanderthals that had a problem with our broadcast? So what! We’re not sorry for what we did, but we are sorry that some of you worker bees might hassle our sponsors, so here’s a dry bone for ya’. Hope you like it.
Let’s face it: Christians have all but lost the battle of and for the public square. But there’s still that little matter of dollars and cents, and even Christians can choose not to spend their dollars when things don’t make sense. So, the battle is not yet lost completely, but the trends don’t look so good.
We know that Christianity is rarely taken seriously. Why? Could it be that plenty of Christians are serious about anything but their Christian commitment? Most Christians measure their commitment by how often they don’t speak up rather than by how often they do.
And that’s the real tragedy here. I think NBC is taking the Christian faith about as seriously as most Christians take it themselves. Many, if not most Christians are fine with the attack on God in public buildings and education. That is, they are tacitly agreeing that God doesn’t belong there.
But if we have agreed that God doesn’t belong in the school, why should we be upset when NBC decides He doesn’t belong in the US Open?
The answer is not to give up the fight at the US Open. Rather, we should pick up the fight everywhere else.
~ Joel Saint