Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Do In God We Trust?

Apparently NBC is holding a poll of whether we should remove "in God we trust" from our currency. The "yes, remove the motto" vote says "because it is a violation of separation of church and state"(that's a whole different blog topic - sheesh) and the "no, leave the motto on there" vote is because "it reflects our heritage and historic tradition."

I wasn't sure how to vote. Eventually, I voted "no", but I don't agree with the reasoning. Why did the vote only allow you to say "yes, remove the motto" because of a "violation of separation of church and state"? The reason I would vote yes is:

1. Let's be honest with ourselves: do we as a country still trust in God?
2. If so, what "god" do we trust in? We are so PC in this country, it's almost a crime to share your faith.
3. We do NOT represent that motto, and therefore don't deserve to have it on our currency.

I say take the motto off. The motto should read "in God Almighty we once trusted". As a nation, we have fallen FAR from our roots. Taking "in God we trust" off the currency doesn't mean those who still trust Him trust any less, it simply means we are finally being honest with ourselves as a nation.

When we were founded, we were a small and weak country, and our trust was that the Great God of the world would bless us and help us to develop. Our money said "E Pluribus Unum" which is latin for something like "from many, One": A great sign of both unity and diversity, and in 1956, "in God we trust" became our nation's official motto, and we put it on our cotton money (before that it was only on coins). Perhaps in that era of our country, we DID trust in God (although, that is questionable because with the Baby Boomer generation, it was easy for people to act all "God trusting" because the country was thriving - it's much harder to trust when times are difficult).

Now we go around boasting about our military, economic, and political strength, and our trust is in our currency. When the US Dollar value declines, everyone panics. Just turn on the news for proof. If "in God we trusted," there wouldn't be any fear of the economic recession, we would simply look recession in the face and say "in God we trust" and in His sovereignty we WOULD trust.

... but instead we panic.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You must be a Communist! America is a Christian nation. I know so because or church has an American flag in the sanctuary and on July 4we sing "God Bless America". I even have a flag pin that I wear right next to my Raiders pin.

Fri Aug 29, 02:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way, while you're at it why don't you just move on back to Russia--Comrade!!!

Fri Aug 29, 03:00:00 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

this is sad... are you the only one who reads my blog, Matt?

Tue Sep 02, 01:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matt? Who's Matt? My name is Holden McCrotch!

Wed Sep 03, 01:07:00 PM  

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