“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." The Pledge of Allegiance, as it exists in its current form, was originally composed in August 1892 by Francis Bellamy (1855–1931), who was a Baptist minister, a Christian socialist, and the cousin of socialist utopian novelist Edward Bellamy (1850–1898). However, there existed an earlier version created by Colonel George Balch, a veteran of the Civil War who went on to become auditor of the New York Board of Education. Balch's pledge, which existed parallel to the Bellamy version until the 1923 National Flag Conference, read: “ We give our heads and hearts to God and our country; one country, one language, one flag!" (Wikipedia) I am not sure the sentiments of this age-old composition still ring true in the hearts of young America today. We now see a greater mixture of ideals and principles adopted from various perspectives and world views. The lines have been erased so many times it seems we may now have a whole in the 'paper.' My guest on the show this week, Jay Newman, believes that we may be missing out on the benefits of perspective by attempting to retrace those lines. Jay is a theology major at B.H. Carroll Theological Institute and he has studied at Ouachita Baptist University. Jay now lives in Nashville, Tennessee assisting with a church plant and managing bands, events, and concert productions. I sat down with Jay to discuss his upbringing and how he found himself studying theology when all he wanted to do as a young man was anything but ministry. He shared with me that it is in the full surrender to Jesus where you find your purpose and calling and that when you find that you can't seem to shake it. Jay is also an occasional blogger/podcaster who often posts some of the more challenging comments that I come across in my daily social media consumption. He likes to 'drop the mic' and often leaves the conversation open to critique without attacking or becoming frustrated. We hope that you enjoy our conversation with Jay Newman and will consider subscribing to our podcast via iTunes or Google Play or visit our website online: http://www.theoutsidevoiceshow.com. You can also share this content on your social networks and help us get the word out about our podcast.