In God We Trust



Samuel Thompson wrote:

I don’t believe in Santa Claus, but I’m not going to sue somebody for singing a Ho-Ho-Ho song in December.

I don’t agree with Darwin, but I didn’t go out and hire a lawyer when my high school teacher taught his theory of evolution.

Life, liberty or your pursuit of happiness will not be endangered because someone says a 30-second prayer before a football game.

So what’s the big deal? It’s not like somebody is up there reading the entire book of Acts. They’re just talking to a God they believe in and asking him to grant safety to the players on the field and the fans going home from the game. “But it’s a Christian prayer,” some will argue.

Yes, and this is the United States of America, a country founded on Christian principles. And we are in the Bible Belt. According to our very own phone book, Christian churches outnumber all others better than 200-to-1. So what would you expect-somebody chanting Hare Krishna?

If I went to a football game in Jerusalem, I would expect to hear a Jewish prayer.

If I went to a soccer game in Baghdad, I would expect to hear a Muslim prayer.

If I went to a ping pong match in China, I would expect to hear someone pray to Buddha.

And I wouldn’t be offended. It wouldn’t bother me one bit. When in Rome . . .

“But what about the atheists?” is another argument. What about them?

Nobody is asking them to be baptized. We’re not going to pass the collection plate. Just humor us for 30 seconds. If that’s asking too much, bring a Walkman or a pair of earplugs. Go to the bathroom. Visit the concession stand. Call your lawyer. Unfortunately, one or two will make that call. One or two will tell thousands what they can and cannot do. I don’t think a short prayer at a football game is going to shake the world’s foundations.

Christians are just sick and tired of turning the other cheek while our courts strip us of all our rights. Our parents and grandparents taught us to pray before eating, to pray before we go to sleep. Our Bible tells us just to pray without ceasing. Now a handful of people and their lawyers are telling us to cease praying. God, help us.

And if that last sentence offends you, well . . . too bad.

The silent majority has been silent too long … it’s time we let that one or two who scream loud enough to be heard, that the vast majority don’t care what they want . . . it is time the majority rules!

It’s time we tell them, you don’t have to pray, you don’t have to say the pledge of allegiance, you don’t have to believe in God or attend services that honor Him. That is your right, and we will honor your right. But by golly you are no longer going to take our rights away . . . we are fighting back . . .and we WILL WIN! After all, the God you have the right to denounce is on our side!

God bless us one and all, especially those who denounce Him . . .

God bless America, despite all her faults. still the greatest nation of all . . .

God bless our servicemen who are fighting to protect our right to pray and to worship God . . .

May this year be the year the silent majority is heard and we put God back as the foundation of our families and institutions.

Keep looking up . . .

In God WE Trust.


Some Additional Thoughts:

The words “In God We Trust” are the National Motto of the United States of America. These words were written in 1812 by Francis Scott Key and are in the 4th stanza of the National Anthem.

In 1864 Congress instructed the U.S. Mint to add the words “In God We Trust” over the shield of the two cent coin. During the bloodshed of the Civil War people looked to God to end the fighting, and the words “In God We Trust” were a comforting reminder to many people that God is in charge.

Soon after the motto was added to Gold and Silver coins. It appeared on the 5 cent coin for a while. Since 1938 the motto has appeared on all U.S. minted coins.

In 1957 the motto started appearing on paper money. It should be a reminder to all of us that we were blessed to be born in a Christian nation.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of intercessory prayer, encouragement and exhortation of the Word of God and author of the ministry blog, For The Love of God. I live in Delta, Colorado with my beautiful wife of 47+ years and a young yellow lab whom we affectionately call Bella.
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