National Motto in Schools

By Don Ruhl

The Bible proclaims a blessing upon the nation that makes God its motto, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance” (Ps 33:12). Psalm 144 shows exactly why America has prospered as a nation. Look at what the verses talk about concerning national prosperity, then see how it ends, proclaiming why such prosperity comes.

Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners,
Whose mouth speaks lying words,
And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood—
That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth;
That our daughters may be as pillars,
Sculptured in palace style;
That our barns may be full,
Supplying all kinds of produce;
That our sheep may bring forth thousands
And ten thousands in our fields;
That our oxen may be well laden;
That there be no breaking in or going out;
That there be no outcry in our streets.
Happy are the people who are in such a state;
Happy are the people whose God is the LORD!
(Ps. 144:11–15)

Do you know America’s national motto? In 1956, Congress adopted, “In God We Trust” as our national motto. As you know it appears in many places, the most prominent place, the currency of the United States. God has surely blessed us for making that public proclamation. Yes, it cannot be mere lip service; but any nation should not be silent about it, because every nation owes its existence to God.

The National Motto in Schools 

Having the national motto displayed in public schools makes students aware of the workings of our government and makes them aware of something greater than themselves. Therefore, we rejoiced to read in the Grants Pass Daily Courier (Friday, October 5, 2007, page 14C), the following headline, “Bakersfield schools mull ‘God’ motto.” The article by the Associated Press went on to say,

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A trustee in the Kern High School District wants to tack up posters bearing the motto “In God We Trust” in all of the district’s classrooms…the posters were intended to inspire patriotism, not to promote specific religious beliefs. In God We Trust America, Inc., a nonprofit run by Bakersfield City Councilwoman Jacquie Sullivan, planned to donate the posters…“There are those that are trying to remove God from our public life, and I do not think that is right,” said Sullivan. Sullivan led a campaign to get the phrase “In God We Trust” posted in Bakersfield’s city council chambers in 2002, and in 26 other cities in the state. But if the Kern High School District approves the measure, it will be the first in the state to do so, Sullivan said…

Let us praise God that these cities have posted the motto and let us hope for the success of posting it in the schools in California. Mississippi and Michigan also passed laws, stating that the motto must be posted in schools.

List of City Council Chambers in California That Have Posted the Motto and the Year 

Apple Valley 06/01/2007

Artesia 02/13/2006

Arvin 07/12/2005

Bakersfield 02/20/2002

California City 07/19/2005

Carson 04/04/2006

Compton 07/10/2007

Delano 07/15/2002

Hawthorne 02/28/2006

Kerman 02/21/2007

Lodi 04/05/2006

Maricopa 07/27/2005

McFarland 06/09/2005

Oakley 07/09/2007

Oceanside 10/26/2002

Paso Robles 07/05/2006

Plymouth 02/09/2006

Porterville 09/03/2002

Ridgecrest 04/01/2005

Shafter 07/19/2005

Taft 03/04/2003

Tehachapi 04/01/2002

Tulare 10/05/2004

Victorville 07/18/2006

Wasco 04/16/2002


2 thoughts on “National Motto in Schools

    • Yes, the psalmist could certainly be referring to the Deuteronomy passage you mention, but I also think Psalm 33.12 states a principle that when a nation, whether ancient Israel or modern America, acknowledges God as their God, then that nation is blessed, such as when Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah.

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