Intro: Brother Andy asked me to take about 15 minutes and speak on the subject: In God We Trust




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In God We Trust
Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.

7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.


Intro:
Brother Andy asked me to take about 15 minutes and speak on the subject: In God We Trust.
Brother Andy is indeed a man of great faith – because it takes me 15 minutes just to say my name!
However, I will do everything within my power to adhere to his request.

Sermon: In God We Trust:


  • The text scripture states that a man is “cursed” when he trusts in “mankind” or his “own human abilities and strength” - instead of God - and whose heart turns away from God.

  • I believe the same is true of a nation!

  • The scripture goes on to say that he will be like a “scrub bush” in the desert, dry and barely surviving in hostile conditions.

  • But for the person who puts their trust in God – they are blessed – like a tree planted by the waters – their needs are met – and they are fruitful

  • Again, I believe the same is true for a nation

  • America says it is a nation that trusts in God – but its fruit does not validate the claim!

“In God We Trust” was placed on our coins in response to religious pressure to do so during the War Between the States


On November 20, 1861, in response to a letter written him by Rev. M. R. Watkinson, from Ridleyville, Pennsylvania, Secretary of the Treasury, Salmon P. Chase wrote a letter to James Pollock, Director of the Mint at Philadelphia, instructing him to prepare a motto for our coins declaring our dependency on God. In the letter he stated, No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins. You will cause a device to be prepared without unnecessary delay with a motto expressing in the fewest and tersest words possible this national recognition.”


  • IN GOD WE TRUST first appeared on the 1864 two-cent coin.

  • A law passed by the 84th Congress and approved by the President on July 30, 1956, made IN GOD WE TRUST the national motto of the United States.

No one can deny that many of the founding fathers of the United States of America were men of deep religious convictions based in the Bible and their Christian faith in Jesus Christ.




  • Of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence, nearly half (24) held seminary or Bible school degrees.

  • To say that this nation was not founded upon Christian beliefs is – well – wrong!

In the Gettysburg Address President Lincoln said, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure …”




  • I submit to you that the test is still ongoing for America today.

  • Whether or not we survive as a country hinges upon whether or not we adhere to our national motto: In God We Trust.

  • It also hinges upon our correct identification of the God - in Whom we place our trust.

  • He is not buddha, mohammed, confucious, guyia, or some other god.

  • He is the Great I Am – the Lord God Jehovah – who was manifest in flesh through His Son Jesus Christ. This is the God in Whom we trust!

  • I also submit to you that the further we as a nation get from our dependence upon this our God, the closer we get to failing the test!

  • No nation can long endure whose trust in not in God.

  • In fact, in the text scripture I have read to you, Jeremiah states that a nation whose heart departs from the Lord – is cursed.

When it comes to the phrase IN GOD WE TRUST I am afraid we are failing the test:



1: We Have Made it Our Motto - but Not Our Mindset
In a speech given in 1948 to commemorate Armistice Day, General Omar Bradley said – and I quote,


  • “With the monstrous weapons man already has, humanity is in danger of being trapped in this world by its moral adolescents.

  • Our knowledge of science has clearly outstripped our capacity to control it.

  • We have many men of science; too few men of God.

  • We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.

  • Man is stumbling blindly through a spiritual darkness while toying with the precarious secrets of life and death.

  • The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience.

  • Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.

  • We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.

  • This is our twentieth century’s claim to distinction and to progress.”

General Bradley’s words are just as relevant today, if not more so, than in 1948!


IN GOD WE TRUST is our motto – but our mindset - is anything but!

1: We Have Made it Our Motto but Not Our Mindset


2: We Have Placed it on Our Money - but Have Not Made it Our Means
We trust more in the currency the motto is inscriber upon - than the truth of the motto itself!
Dr. James Merrit preached a sermon after a Federal Appeal’s Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of the phrase IN GOD WE TRUST being displayed on a government building, in which he said – and I quote,


  • “At first glance, I thought it was a great victory. The past week a Federal Appeals Court ruled that the phrase "In God We Trust" on a government building, does not violate the separation of church and state. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Richmond, Virginia, ruled on May 13th that the national motto may remain on the facade of a county government building in Lexington, North Carolina.

  • Then listen to what the court has to say and I am quoting Judge Robert King. "The Fourth Circuit has 'heretofore characterized the phrase 'In God We Trust' when used as the national motto on coins and currency as a 'patriotic and ceremonial motto' with 'no theological or ritualistic impact.'"

  • Quite frankly, if those four words, "In God We Trust" have "no theological or ritualistic impact" then you could just have easily substituted Mickey Mouse for God.”

1: We Have Made it Our Motto but Not Our Mindset

2: We Have Placed it on Our Money but Have Not Made it Our Means
3: We Speak it With Our Mouth - but it is Not Our Message
Someone once said, “Your actions are speaking so loudly that I cannot hear what you are saying.”
So it is with America today. We may speak our motto: IN GOD WE TRUST – but our actions are speaking so loudly that the world cannot hear what we are saying.
Actions such as:


  • Abortion

  • Disallowing prayer in school

  • Seeking to change the phrase “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays” because this Federal Holiday names the name of Christ

  • Seeking to remove the phrase, “Under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance

  • Creating a climate in which the only segment of society that it is “politically correct” and “in vogue” to malaign, belittle, and discriminate against – is Christianity!

  • And creating a society that is so far from the principles of our Founding Fathers and the Bible – that America has lost its ability to blush!

Thomas Jefferson said, (and it is inscribed on the Jefferson memorial) “God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.


1: We Have Made it Our Motto but Not Our Mindset

2: We Have Placed it on Our Money but Have Not Made it Our Means

3: We Speak it With Our Mouth but it is Not Our Message
4: We Adopted it in a Moment – but it is Fading From Memory


  • That moment was the Civil War

  • A nation was torn in half

  • At the urging of a preacher, the motto: IN GOD WE TRUST came into being

  • Now – this motto is but a faded memory

  • We forget that those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it

  • This nation can be destroyed!

1: We Have Made it Our Motto but Not Our Mindset

2: We Have Placed it on Our Money but Have Not Made it Our Means

3: We Speak it With Our Mouth but it is Not Our Message

4: We Adopted it in a Moment – but it is Fading From Memory
5: We Have Made the God of This Motto Our Moniker (like a monogram) - but Not Our Master
Benjamin Franklin, speaking at the Constitutional Convention held in Philadelphia

in 1776 said:


I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: ‘That God governs in the affairs of man.’ And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?”
We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings that ‘except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this. I also believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in that political building no better than the builders of Babel; we shall be divided by our little, partial local interests; and projects will be confounded; and we ourselves shall become a reproach and a by word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing government by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war or conquest.

I therefore beg leave to move that, henceforth, prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven and its blessing on our deliberation be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business!”


After this speech the convention was then adjourned for three days of prayer, Bible reading, and special church meetings, following which the Constitution of the United States was discussed and adopted.
Close:
IN GOD WE TRUST:
1: We Have Made it Our Motto but Not Our Mindset

2: We Have Placed it on Our Money but Have Not Made it Our Means

3: We Speak it With Our Mouth but it is Not Our Message

4: We Adopted it in a Moment – but it is Fading From Memory

5: We Have Made the God of This Motto Our Moniker but Not Our Master
What then is our recourse?

What is our hope?


2 Chronicles 7:14 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.
And to once again become a nation that lives up to its motto: IN GOD WE TRUST!
Preached: 6-27-10 @ Franklin Road Baptist Church



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