“Whereas if religion and morality are taken out of the marketplace of ideas, the very freedom on which the United States was founded cannot be secured.” (House Resolution 13, November 2011)
Last Fall, Representative Randy Forbes (R-VA) sponsored a House bill reaffirming our nation’s motto of “In God We Trust.” He presented the legislation out of a concern that the Obama administration and other high-ranking public officials often forget that designation.
The Hill website reports comments made by Rep. Forbes in House debate. “Unfortunately, there are a number of public officials who forget what the national motto is, whether intentionally or unintentionally. There are those who become confused as to whether or not it can still be placed on our buildings, whether it can be place in our school classrooms.”
A speech presented by President Obama almost a year ago prompted Forbes to take action. In this speech, he told citizens of other countries that our national motto was ‘E pluribus unum.’ Forbes further shared his concern, “When the Visitor Center was opened…they did not have the national motto in there. In fact, they inscribed in the stones that our national motto was ‘E pluribus unum.’”
On Tuesday evening, November 1st, 2011 the resolution passed handily, 396-9.
Democratic Congressman, Jerrold Nadler chose to express his distaste for the resolution. “Why have my Republican friends returned to an irrelevant agenda?” he questioned.
Obviously Congressman Nadler misunderstands the importance of passing such a resolution. Pending lawsuits throughout the Country clog our court systems filed by people intent on ridding reference to God from the public arena. Nadler contends that the national motto is not in jeopardy, and this play by the Republicans caters to the conservative voting bloc. “Nothing will change when we pass this resolution. It was our national motto yesterday, it’s our national motto today, and it’ll be our national motto tomorrow.” Maybe. Much rides on November 2012.
For those who think passing this resolution wasted valuable time in Congress, consider what the Bible says about such matters, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…” (Psalm 33:12). Focusing on God’s wisdom and direction harvests a blessing. He promises vision and clarity, the wisdom and direction necessary to solve the issues befuddling our Country. When we expel God from the discussion, He removes His Hand of blessing. II Chronicles 16:9 states, “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”
French political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville once said, “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America ceases to be great.” Those who cite Tocqueville oftentimes ignore the entire quotation. “I sought for the key to the greatness of America in her harbors; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America ceases to be great.”
America’s return to greatness depends neither upon those jostling through the hallowed halls of Congress nor upon the occupant of the White House. America’s greatness depends upon the Church returning to the principles of Scripture and shining forth the light of Christ. II Chronicles 7:14 states it plainly, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
With a concerted effort, we can return to the ingredient Tocqueville contributed to America’s transcendence over the other nations of the world. Righteousness. During America’s adolescent years (1820-1840), its citizens proudly “clung to their guns and God” (Obama, 2008) noting, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”
May we once again cling to that which made America great. May we once again herald as a Country, “In God We Trust.”
So readers, does “In God We Trust” really matter?