In God We Trust
“…we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.”
[1 Timothy 4:10]
We have the privilege of living in the United States of America – Land of the Free, Home of the Brave. And I don’t think it’s out of place to become uncomfortable when someone attempts to redefine where and how we get our identity.
America is the great experiment to see if we can govern ourselves by electing a government of peers to determine our pathway. And like all experiments, some methods work better than others. Some work very well. And let’s face it, some flat out don’t.
I’m disturbed. Disturbed because some of the things that we tried to do didn’t work, and now a few people who feel they haven’t been treated properly have decided to throw in the towel. It doesn’t take a lot of time, talent or wisdom to break things. It takes great dedication, skills and generations to build something that stands the test of time.
We need ideals, fresh ideas, entrepreneurship, to believe in a brighter future. We can do things better. We are a Chosen Generation. We are the Firstfruits of a Democratic Republic.
From day one we realized this new form of democracy couldn’t survive without God. Upon departing from the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked what the delegates had implemented, a monarchy or a republic? His response, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
This is not a trite or flippant statement. Self-government requires cooperation between rivals. That’s a tall order. But if our genuine desire is to have a republic that operates with democratic principles, then a certain level of decorum and humility must accompany our decisions. We are not looking for, nor do we need, another form of government.
I visited London’s Parliament during high school. The two opposing sides sat facing each other, hurling insults and snide remarks during heated debates. Yet they had a mutual understanding we’ve misplaced. They referred to the other side as the “loyal opposition.” When they recessed there was comradery. They were on the same team.
The vision for a great America stands above political partisanship. We can debate tax policy. We can argue about health care. We can challenge motivations. We can bring in experts to gain further insight. But at the end of the day, we need to dine together.
Our goal is to make a more perfect union. There must be room for differences of opinion and points of view. Too many have died on battlefields here and abroad to forfeit or forget the price paid for the freedom to say, “In God we Trust.”
With these four words we are victorious – free and brave. Without them, we are but dust.