Deuteronomy 4:7 “What great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the Lord our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him?”
Beginning with George Washington in 1789, “So help me God” has been part of every President’s inaugural oath. Our country has always believed it is critical to ask the Lord for His guidance in running the United States. As Dennis Prager said, “Our Constitution was designed around the belief that the individual and society are morally accountable to God and to the moral demands of the Bible. That was the view of every one of the Founders including Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.”
But with a new Democratically-controlled Congress, this appeal to God has just been removed when anyone swears in when testifying before a committee. As congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) stated, “It is not surprising, that the Democrats would try to remove God from committee proceedings in one of their first acts in the majority. They really have become the party of Karl Marx.” This is a more subtle movement that, unlike the economic Marxism of Russia, focuses on culture. The Democrat’s atheistic ideology aims to minimize God by eliminating biblical values such as religious faith, tradition marriage and family, American exceptionalism, the right of the unborn, and the distinction between men and women.
This article is our fourth in a series entitled “America’s Deeply Rooted Christian Heritage”, where we have traced our deep Christian roots ever since our founding over 240 years ago as a nation in 1776. As our verse this week emphasizes, we have always been able to apply this verse to the United States, to testify to the world that our greatness rests on our dependency toward the God of the Bible as our strength.
Even with this assault by the Democratic House, there are many examples today of America’s Christian faith as a nation. Unless we forget, here are just ten that no atheist has been able to eliminate. The first one is our Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag. Congress inserted ‘Under God’ in 1954 to combat the rise of atheistic communism and reaffirm that
“America was ‘founded on a belief in God.’”
Our second example is our currency. ‘In God We Trust’ was inscribed on U.S. coins in 1864, and in 1956 Congress made it our national motto. Our third the US Senate. In their Chamber, an inscription over the south entrance reads “In God We Trust”, and an inscription over the east doorway reads “Annuit coeptis” (“God has favored our undertakings”).
Our fourth is the Supreme Court. Since the 1820’s, they open their court sessions with the prayer of “God save the United States and this Honorable Court.” And since their building’s construction in the 1930’s, the courtroom’s south wall features Moses with the 2 tablets of the Ten Commandments.
Our fifth example is the Library of Congress. In the main Reading Room, a statue representing Religion has this inscription:
“What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
– Holy Bible, Micah 6:8
A second statue representing Science has this inscription:
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.”
– Holy Bible, Psalm 19:1
And you will find a statue of Moses holding the Ten Commandments in the Library’s rotunda.
Our sixth example is our Washington Monument. The aluminum capstone that crowns it is inscribed on the east face with “Laus Deo”, Latin for “Praise be to God.” Our seventh example is the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C., where there is a prominent symbol of the Ten Commandments.
Our eighth example is the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. In front is a sculpted figure leaning on the Ten Commandments, with the inscription “Our liberty of worship is not a concession nor a privilege but an inherent right.” Our ninth example is the Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C., where in front is a cross and the Ten Commandments sculpted on a large 3-sided column.
And finally, our tenth example is the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. Since 1923, it has been lit at Christmas-time to celebrate the birth of Christ, a story that, as President Bush noted this year, “has carried the message that God is with us and He offers His love to every man, woman, and child.”
As we approach 2020 and the Presidential election, those of us who cherish our American heritage as grounded in our dependency in Jesus Christ and His biblical values must pay close attention to who we are voting for to represent us in Washington. Our very future as a Christian republic is at stake.
The Evidence of Faith’s Substance – Article #358