Whatever happened to “In God We Trust”?
This phrase was adopted by The United States in 1864 when it first appeared on American currency, and it only took us roughly 150 years to run that once meaningful motto into the ground. I’ve only been on this earth for a little over two decades, and have witnessed our country, as well as society, continue to falter with each passing year. Americans claim that they can’t stand to watch the news because the media lies and “they only show negative things”, yet they fail to realize that our media is a product of what we allow in our society. Everyone seems to wonder why America seems to be caving in on itself within the last few years, but are blind as a bat to the answer:
“In God We Trust” has been left in the dust.
“For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.”
-2 Peter 2:20-22
We’ve turned from God’s commandments of us, and like a dog, we’ve returned to our own vomit.
How exactly did America sweep God under the rug? Well, I’ll tell you a little secret… Christians of the United States, we’re the ones to blame. Now, before you all get high and mighty on me saying things like, “I vote Republican! I vote against the legalization of certain sins!” or, “I go to church every Sunday!” or whatever else, know this: just because you participate in typical Christian-like activities does not mean you present yourself as a Christlike person to the world. Yes, there is a difference.
I don’t know about yours, but my hometown has a lot of church pew/bar stool people, meaning that they live on a fence between following Christ and following the world. Not to say that I, or others, don’t sin. We all get wrapped up in sin from time to time. The difference that I’m referring to here is discovered through daily choices. For example, two churchgoers who claim to be born-again Christians are provided with an invitation to a party that will have a plentiful supply of drugs and alcohol. The church pew/bar stool person would willingly accept the invitation, go to the party, and then show up at church a couple of days later feeling no remorse. On the other hand, the Christian who is honestly trying to live in order to please God will not partake in those activities, period. Likewise, a worldly churchgoer would vote for legislation that will make them popular from a societal standpoint rather than for a law that honors God’s commandments. Therefore, the blame for society turning away from God falls on the church pew/bar stoolers, the ones who can’t paint a clear picture for others of what Christianity really is because they don’t know it themselves.
“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”
-1 John 3:4-9
The only way to bring a God-centered focus back to our society is to first acknowledge our problem of pretending to know God while still reveling in sin, and then doing something about it. Right now, I’m calling for Christians to reflect on their daily choices, and to close off the paths that have caused them to go astray.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
-2 Chronicles 7:14
Fellow churchgoers, we can’t expect society to change from its wicked ways if we are not willing to begin that change within the church! Fellow Christians, we can’t expect evil to repel from the world if we keep allowing it within ourselves! Fellow Americans, if we want our country to be great again, we must seek God again!
Goodnight, and God bless!
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