“…. one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
‘We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal.”
I Corinthians 15:22 “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”
All of these statements call into question the meaning of the word “all”. What does all mean in the context of the Pledge of Allegiance, the Declaration of Independence, and the Gospel? Does “all” mean a well defined “some”? If so, who gets to define the some? Is “all” already well and properly defined elsewhere by the Constitution and the institutional church?
Our very name as a nation implies unity. Yet we hear so much from so many about the constitutional right to splinter into partisan states and go our separate ways. It would appear that an all inclusive “all”, committed to unity and an equally enjoyed liberty and justice, is not a universally held view within America.
On the religious side, we know that Christendom does not believe in an equally enjoyed life in Christ. To the church, all does not mean everyone. The prevailing church theology purposefully divides mankind along party lines. All may be dead but all will not be made alive. There will be no unity of mankind under the auspices of traditional Christianity. Disunity is their message and the basis for their claim as the only divine agency in the world.
So when we, as a nation, hear and use words like indivisible, liberty, justice, and all, drawing them from some sacred text, we might spend a moment trying to figure out what these mere words actually mean. Apparently they mean different things to different people in different contexts. Political and religious manipulators have a field day with this obvious fact, molding the same words to create whatever message might appeal to the audience or purpose of the moment.