‘In God We Trust’ Or ‘To God We Turned Our Backs’

Over the past fifty years, a very vocal minority group of atheists have been systematically striving to remove every vestige of God and Christianity out of American society.  During that same time, Christians in large have sat on their butts and done nothing to stop the atheist onslaught.

However, one group is saying that enough is enough and that it’s time to stop allowing the few to dictate to the many.  Lea Carawan, Executive Director of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, has announced their plans to get the National Motto, In God We Trust, into every government public building including schools.  She explained why in a recent interview with OneNewsNow, saying,

“The reason this is important is because there is an aggressive and an intentional attempt to remove God from every vestige of our nation by people who are basically bullying the citizens to give up their rights to publicly pray and express their faith, and many feel like there’s nothing they can do about it.  We’re saying that’s not true.”

“Just like the fact that we have the right to publicly pray, we also have the right to put God up.  If we continue to allow just a few anti-God, anti-faith groups to convince us that we don’t have that right to free and public expression of our faith, we’re going to lose it. And we are a Judeo-Christian nation established with ‘In God We Trust’ as our national motto.”

I admire her intentions and wish them well, but I’m not sure the National Motto truly reflects where America’s trust is anymore.  God is no longer at the heart of our federal government.  God’s laws are readily being replaced with secular laws that attempt to justify sinful behaviors.  It seems that the more outrageously sinful a person or group of people are, they more attention they get and the more they get their way.

The man who currently occupies the White House professes to be a Christian, but all of his words and actions say otherwise.  When I listen to Barack Obama mouth hollow messages about his faith, I can’t help but think of the words of the Apostle Peter when he wrote,

“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words.  Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” (2 Peter 2:1-3).

If America really wants to live up to its National Motto, then we have to fervently pray for the salvation of our leaders and that their hearts will turn away from the wicked ways of the world and once again embrace the God who gave us this great land over 200 years ago.

On April 30, 1789, newly elected President George Washington delivered his first inaugural address.  In his address, he acknowledged who was really responsible for America’s freedom when he said,

“No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States.”

On March 4, 1805, Thomas Jefferson delivered his second inaugural address in which he reiterated the words of George Washington, saying,

“I shall need, too, the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our fathers, as Israel of old, from their native land and planted them in a country flowing with all the necessaries and comforts of life; who has covered our infancy with His providence and our riper years with His wisdom and power, and to whose goodness I ask you to join in supplications with me that He will so enlightened the minds of your servants, guide their councils, and prosper their measures…”

Even though the National Motto of In God We Trust wasn’t officially adopted until 1956, it did speak of the America our Founding Fathers created.  However, today it’s only a wish and desire that many of us Christians pray for and nothing more.  To be honest, if a national motto is to reflect the heart of the nation, perhaps it should be changed to To God We Turned Our Backs.  Heaven help us if don’t change the heart of the nation soon.