“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“In God We Trust”
(Please read Psalm 55:10-11)
When a judge ordered a Colorado high school teacher not to have a Bible at school, even one kept out of sight of any student, some of us wondered whether our country is still a “Christian nation” or not.
That decision was based on the doctrine of “separation of church and state.” But neither “separation” nor “church” even appears in the U.S. Constitution. The term, “separation of church and state,” used so often that many people think it came right out of the Constitution, actually came into common use in the 20th Century.
The First Amendment prohibits the government from favoring one religious group over another, a position which came naturally to a new nation settled largely by people who were fed up with religious oppression in England, where the state church dominated. It did not intend to keep the name of God out of the government or the schools.
“Separation” arguments thus far have been focused on church-and-school more than on church-and-state. Congress starts each day with prayers, presidential inaugurations include prayers, and the Supreme Court itself opens each day with a proclamation that includes the plea, “God save the United States and this Honorable Court!” And our money, coins and bills alike bear the motto, “In God we trust.”
Christians need to remember, and tell others, that this country was born as a Christian nation, with values which still should prevail. If today’s citizens don’t speak out, tomorrow’s may forget and yield timidly to a misguided policy of keeping mum in all government affairs about the One in whom our country officially “trusts.”