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!
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.
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
California City 07/19/2005
Paso Robles 07/05/2006