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Paying Dues to God Matthew 22:15-22

Our dues to God are paid when we return to God with interest what God has entrusted to us.

Our 5-year-old, Thane, recently decided (somewhat out of the blue) that he was going to memorize the "Pledge of Allegiance" and recite it by heart. We dutifully repeated it over and over until he slowly memorized the words.

Surprisingly, Thane didn't get stuck on some of the trickier words like "allegiance" or "republic" or even the often- mangled "indivisible." It was the final ending that kept stumping him. Again and again, Thane would triumphantly conclude the "Pledge of Allegiance" with these words:

"With liberty and beyond!"

(We suspect some unconscious influence from Disney's hit movie "Toy Story" here!) Thane consistently, insistently kept forgetting the final phrase "with liberty and justice for all."

How many of us have forgotten the same ending? How many of us have forgotten that the glue that is intended to bind our country together, the crowning finale and crowning identity of America, is "justice for all"?

The Constitution spells out that the same rights and...

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