We ARE a Nation Under God
“Without God there is no virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience,…without God democracy will not and cannot long endure.” — Ronald Reagan
We live in a country that was founded on the ideal of Religious Freedom was also founded upon biblical principles. I believe it was this biblical foundation that set our country on a course to be so successful for so long. Our founding fathers knew enough to admit the faults of man, and to recognize the danger when man tries to govern by his own accord. They built a foundation in America’s historical documents to protect the nation from the tyranny they had fought so hard to overcome. Biblical themes and values greatly influenced the minds of the founding fathers, and the themes are clearly imprinted into the charters of freedom.
Over the past few years there has been an assault launched against Christian themes or traditions that influence American culture. Crosses depicted in war memorials have been removed after atheist complaints. Christians fear prosecution for standing up for their deeply held religious beliefs. And the phrase “One nation under God” has become one of much controversy.
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” –John Adams
It is true that we have an unalienable right to freedom of religion (or lack thereof) and that this right is guaranteed to be upheld by the first amendment. But where does that right come from? The Declaration of Independence declares that unalienable rights are endowed upon us by our creator. So in order to believe that we have these rights, one must believe in a creator. If you denounce a creator you denounce your unalienable rights endowed by said creator.
In a world where there is no belief in God people begin to lose focus and allow the imperfect human mind to be the voice of reason. Which opens the argument to why we need the phrase “One nation under God” in the pledge of allegiance when in fact one may not believe there is a God.
One teen in NJ, saw this question being raised in her home town as the American Humanist Association led a lawsuit to remove the phrase from the pledge when recited at a local school. (Story Here)
We applaud this young teen as she stood up for her values and voiced her opinion. She recognized the importance of admitting to God residing over humanity:
“I’m so grateful the court decided that kids like me shouldn’t be silenced just because some people object to timeless American values…Ever since I was little, I’ve recited the Pledge of Allegiance because it sums up the values that make our country great. The phrase ‘under God’ protects all Americans — including atheists — because it reminds the government that it can’t take away basic human rights because it didn’t create them.” Samantha Jones
The New Jersey judge threw the case out ruling that the statement “Under God” is in no violation of Religious Freedom.
We hope this story encourages and inspires all of our Christian friends to not lose hope in the fight to stand for our values, beliefs, and freedoms.