Inside Notes: Taking the Oath
By Curtis Parrott
I took my first oath as a young boy when I joined the Cub Scouts, in Albany, Ga. where I was born and grew up in my early years. I reaffirmed that oath at 13 when I became a Boy Scout during my teenage years in Decatur, Ga. I took an oath to God when I was baptized in the Methodist church. I took another oath as a young man when I became a deputy sheriff and another as a police officer, serving for 18 years. When you think about all the oaths you have taken throughout your life, your question should be, did I do my best to keep them.
Anywhere an oath is taken, as in cases of a doctor, government official, preacher, military personal and so forth they have made a pledge to conduct their lives in a certain disciplined way. An oath is a solemn appeal to a deity, or to some revered person or thing, to witness one’s determination to speak the truth, and to keep a promise.
We all show an allegiance to our country every time we say the Pledge of Allegiance. The difference between allegiance and oath is that an allegiance is loyalty to some cause, nation or ruler while an oath is a solemn pledge or promise to a god, king, or another person, to attest to the truth of a statement or contract.
We do it all the time, you take an allegiance when you reaffirm your love of country with the pledge. When you attend church and take the sacrament, you are reaffirming your oath to God. There is a difference.
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power” – Abraham Lincoln.
We have so many good men and women representing their constituents in our great country. Thank God the vast majority of people serving the public in all capacities are good people, and want to serve their country or community to the best of their abilities.
But as we watch our sources of world news and information, we see some of our public servants are so filled with hate and greed, well…they just need to get into another profession. Something that doesn’t require an oath of service. They are no good to themselves or the American people.
Some have committed crimes against the people of the USA and there is enough probable cause to go to trial on many issues. Happens on the local level but it rarely happens at the top levels of government. Maybe a few prosecutions would convince the rest not to come into government as an example to get rich off the backs of the American people. Just saying?
So…the next time you take an oath, be sure it’s not taken lightly, because if you don’t keep it, I assure you pain will usually follow. Just be careful what you swear to. Karma…the door swings both ways.
Keep the Faith!