“In God We Trust.” That is our official national motto, but we’re not acting like it or living like it. Instead, most Americans trust in themselves, other people, money, politics, or power.
My heart breaks for this country as we have given ourselves over increasingly to hatred, bitterness, division, and despair.
We search for peace and answers, and yet we never are able to find them. We turn to movements and leaders, and they always seem to come up short and disappoint.
Two of my favorite Bible verses appear back-to-back in the book of Psalms. They are situated very close to the middle of the Bible itself. Those verses are:
It is better to trust in the Lord
Than to put confidence in man.
It is better to trust in the Lord
Than to put confidence in princes.
Psalm 118:8–9, NKJV
I realize not everyone reading this shares my Christian faith. I posted similar comments on Twitter, and a person responded with “I’ll choose to live in the real world, thanks.”
And that’s fine.
I believe in freedom of thought, speech, and religion. I accept that many Americans aren’t people of faith, and that’s between them, their conscience, and their Creator.
Nevertheless, as I say in the video above, when you remove God from society, chaos and confusion are the results.
When people feel they are not accountable to a Higher Power, then before long, they start to reject accountability altogether. After all, if there is no Creator, then there is no objective truth and everything is ultimately a matter of subjective opinion. Everything becomes permissible and ultimately…
People eventually realize that, apart from God, there is no compelling, intrinsic, transcendent, or lasting meaning or purpose in life.
Hopelessness sets in…along with desperation, confusion, and division.
What’s even more troubling is that many people who claim to believe in God are, in fact, putting more trust in other people or government than they are in God.
The government has become a god for many people.
This is why people are so obsessed with politics these days.
Ultimately, people will put their hopes on one of three sources:
- Other People, Things, or Circumstances
- A Higher Power
Those are pretty much the only choices available.
Some will say “science,” but science is a field of study — a field of study that is populated by and exercised by people. So trusting in science means trusting in a field of study and that brings you back around to basically trusting in other people.
Those who eschew faith or belief in God will decry religion for all its failures and shortcomings, but I’m not saying America needs more religion.
In point of fact, religion is basically about people working out their understanding of reality and/or higher powers or Power. Like science, putting your trust in religion brings you back to trusting in other people.
We don’t need religion so much as we need a relationship.
We need someone higher and greater than ourselves who does not suffer from the same weaknesses we do and who is not boxed in by our same limitations.
We need someone worthy of our trust — someone who can help when no one and nothing else can.
We need someone who can carry our burdens and give us peace.
We need God.
America, it’s time we remember our national motto: In God We Trust.
May it be more than a motto.
May it become our true belief and practice.