I Led The Pigeons…

Several years ago, I recall Dr. Dobson in true “Linkletter fashion” devoting a portion of the Focus on the Family broadcast to celebrate those unexpected quips spoken by children. One of these was a young learner’s rendition of our Pledge of Allegiance – “I led the pigeons to the flag…”

Tami and I just returned from the first delivery of the new school year for the WBFJ Cici’s Pizza Pledge. We had a wonderful time with Mrs Priebe and Mrs Gunter’s kindergarten class at Whitaker Elementary in Winston-Salem. However, it left me wondering – “Do they have a clue what it means to ‘pledge our allegiance’?” Do we?

These are strong words. Pledging indicates a promise…you know, the “blood brothers, stick a needle in my eye” kind of promise. Allegiance = to stand for something when no else does, to stand with someone when no one else will dare, or to stand alone when totally necessary. “I Pledge Allegiance…” What makes us think that this is an oath we intend to keep? Who knows – it might take us half a world away to an Iraqi desert! I’m sure those brave souls don’t treat these words lightly.

I mean really – what does a five year old who can’t tie his own shoes know about “pledging allegiance”? Guess it goes back to that “faith of child” thing that Jesus spoke so highly of…those times when trust supersedes knowledge and understanding.

Then again, without that firm commitment, what good are the liberty and justice that result? Without such, I guess we’d all might as well be “leading pigeons to the flag.”

Wally Decker

Wally Decker

Married my high school sweetheart (Diane) in 1987. She teaches kindergarten. We attend, fellowship and serve at Faith Missionary Alliance Church of Midway. We have three children: Tyler (20), Brianna (17) and Bradley (14) Obviously most of my free time (what’s that?) is divided between family, church and community activities. Got into radio at age 15…have been part of the WBFJ team since 1983.

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Wally Decker

Married my high school sweetheart (Diane) in 1987. She teaches kindergarten. We attend, fellowship and serve at Faith Missionary Alliance Church of Midway. We have three children: Tyler (20), Brianna (17) and Bradley (14) Obviously most of my free time (what’s that?) is divided between family, church and community activities. Got into radio at age 15…have been part of the WBFJ team since 1983. MON-FRI 1P-3P, SUN 6A-10A wdecker@wbfj.fm