I recently read of another lawsuit filed to remove God from our society. A man, who identifies as atheist, has forged a complaint about the appearance of “In God we trust” on our money, along with 42 unnamed others.
In the current state of our financial affairs, with the DOW and oil prices plunging over the past week, I find it an interesting time to attempt to remove deity from our money. The push back from the Christian community will be strong if this complaint receives any traction. In fact, when the motto “In God we trust” was removed from gold coins in 1907, the push back was so strong that it was restored just a year later.
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“The motto was omitted from the new gold coins issued in 1907, causing a storm of public criticism. As a result, legislation passed in May 1908 made 'In God We Trust' mandatory on all coins on which it had previously appeared,” states the U.S. Mint’s website.
“In God we trust” appeared on coins beginning in 1864. On July 30, 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower approved a law to add the motto to the paper currency. The phrase appeared on the United States paper currency the following year in 1957.
I understand this group is trying to make a strong statement on their beliefs, which they are entitled to in America, however, removing the “In God we trust” from our money won’t remove the essence of the power in that statement.
[sharequote align="center"]God is not bound by a phrase; the trust His followers have in Him cannot be quieted by a lawsuit.[/sharequote]
God is not bound by a statement on money or ANY other object, and the trust His followers have in Him cannot be quieted by a lawsuit. Try as anyone might, the denial of the Divine Power of God won’t abort the strong belief system of those who have experienced His power for themselves. God’s power is no less available if the phrase is challenged.
Michael Newdow, the attorney responsible for suing the government on the motto “In God we trust” has this to say according to Fox News:
“Newdow claims ‘In God We Trust’ violates the separation of church and state. One plaintiff says his Atheism is ‘substantially burdened because he is forced to bear on his person a religious statement that causes him to sense his government legitimizing, promoting and reinforcing negative and injurious attitudes not only against Atheists in general, but against him personally.’”
My concern with the above statement is that it states that the government is “promoting and reinforcing negative and injurious attitudes.”
Really? Even the Bible clearly states in 1 John 4:8, “For God is love.” How is promoting God negative or injurious? How is honoring a God who calls his followers to love one another, care for the sick and needy and sacrifice of themselves for their fellow man a negative thing. The attitudes God calls us to are those of peace, love, contentment and joy. Very few people could describe a life lived in this manner as “injurious.”
True followers of God find in Him unconditional love. Perhaps the problem in this lawsuit isn’t the phrase on the money, but a misconception of the character of God.
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