In God We Trust?
The Springfield, MO City Council will decide if the statement “In God We Trust” will be placed in the chamber.
As stated in The Founders’ Bible, “This is a Christian nation. In this great country of ours has been demonstrated the fundamental unity of Christianity and democracy.’ (Harry Truman). Numerous other presidents have also affirmed that America is a Christian nation, including John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, John Tyler, Zachery Taylor, James A. Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, William McKinley, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.” Why would something that is so deeply imbedded in our history and culture be so controversial?
The word democracy simply means the people rule. Our use of the word democracy represents the method of how we elect leaders and make laws. We in America have been reasonably successful up to this point, because we have a system of laws that govern us and our leaders are subject to those same laws listed in the Constitution. This makes us a republic. The democratic process is subject to the idea that we are a republic. This form of government has the ability to take the power out of the hands of the king or oligarchy. I know that these principles have eroded, but for the sake of argument this is our stated form of government.
Our government rests upon the principles found in the Holy Scriptures and to sever ourselves from this truth will undermine all that we stand for and all that we have accomplished. All of the pioneers and framers of this great nation understood that God the Creator was their source of inspiration. My fear for the republic is that if we become disconnected from the source, we disconnect from the blessings.
In God we trust is imbedded on our monuments, written in our preambles and declarations, plastered all over our state houses, sung in our anthems; so what’s the problem with reinforcing that truth for our posterity to remember and embrace? Can not wanting this monument be construed as a statement of wanting to hide God from our children?
Francis Schaffer stated that, “When Biblical Christianity ceased to provide the conscience for German society, when political and economic chaos as well as moral permissiveness prevailed, the stage was set for the Nazi movement.” May God forbid that we go down that path.
I’m concerned for Springfield over this matter. More than any time in American history are we in need for reinforcing our foundations. This is a great opportunity for the Church to stand up and be relevant to the culture. With much conviction and humility I strongly urge the pastors and congregants to call, write, and email your councilmen and women to support “In God we trust.”
CUPA (Christians Uniting for Political Action)