Congress Reaffirms 'In God We Trust' As National Motto

By: Amanda Mattingly 0 Comments   11/16/2011

The foundations of America came from the Christian beliefs and principles, stemming from its Founding Fathers. England was not offering the freedoms, including religious freedom, that their citizens believed were deserved.

So they fought the American Revolution and established their own country, which they decided would practice the freedoms they wanted and would be founded upon a Christian foundation.

Each decision they made in regards to the government and the country would stem from these fundamentals.

Over the years, this strong faith and trust in God and biblical foundation seems to have slipped away. Now, the struggle has become in simply keeping God and morality at the center of political decisions or even being able to mention God in public settings.

Rep. J Randy Forbes (R-Va.) has recently taken a stand to put “God” back into our political and public arenas. On Tuesday, Nov. 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution to keep “in God we trust” as the national motto.

A resolution is not something that has the same force as a law, but it does have authority. Not only did they move that the U.S. should keep this motto, but also that it should be displayed throughout every public school and public buildings throughout the country, including governmental institutions.

Forbes is the co-chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, and he is a prime advocate for this resolution. Instead of having court cases come through prompting the removal of biblical and “God-related” references, Forbes believes that now more than ever, America needs to reaffirm their trust in God.

...as our nation faces challenging times, it is appropriate for members of congress and our nation--like our predecessors-- to firmly declare our trust in God, believing that it will sustain us for generations to come,” Forbes said in a statement on Christianpost.com.

In a world that is full of natural disasters, murder, and corrupt organizations and governments around the globe, this country needs to rely on their faith-based fundamentals. This resolution to re-affirm the national motto as, “in God we trust” is simply a basic stand for what this country and its leaders should be firmly standing upon.

There has been some opposition to this resolution, one specifically coming from Rep. Jerrols Nadler (D-N.Y.). He stated that proclaiming this type of resolution presents the idea that people are not as much of an American if they do not believe in God, according to ChristianPost.

But Forbes continues to declare that this is not the purpose of the resolution, it is simply that this is the principle that the U.S. was built upon and it should remain that way, always.

Human power and decisions alone cannot produce eternal good in this world. This kind of power and guidance comes from God alone. So when a country does not stand on its biblical roots and depend on a trust in God, they cannot fully and successfully confront the atrocities in this country and around the world.

“...throughout our history, we’ve served as a beacon of light in an often dark world, and one reason is because, ‘in God we trust.’ As it has been said, ‘unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen watch in vain.’ I agree with that and we should affirm it, and that’s just the way it is,” said Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) who is in favor of the resolution.

Just as Poe referenced in his statement, Psalm 127:1 paints a clear picture that God is the one who should be building and establishing our “house.” Despite the small opposition this resolution received, it passed 396 to 9, according to New York Times article.

As Christians and as Americans, the hope can be that a simple resolution, such as this one, will serve as a reminder to other governmental leaders and officials of what America was founded upon. Every decision, law proposal, amendment and even the most minute of decisions, should come from the perspective of “in God we trust.”

After all, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD" - Psalm 33:12

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