Pledge of allegiance

Mennonites believe that the church is “God’s holy nation,” called to give full allegiance to Christ its head and to witness to all nations about God’s saving love. We believe that the church is the spiritual, social, and political body that gives its allegiance to God alone.

We also believe that the governing bodies of the world have been instituted by God for maintaining order in society. These government bodies are called to act justly and provide order. Mennonites believe that we are to respect persons in authority.

In giving allegiance to God alone, many Mennonites have a problem pledging allegiance to the U.S. flag. Mennonites are to respect government authorities but we do not pledge allegiance to anyone but God.