Recently, I wrote a letter to the Naples Daily News about how the two jurisdictions of church and state work together to publicly acknowledge God. They are “one nation under God” but the jurisdiction is two, representing a distinct biblical parallel between God’s law and the gospel. Sadly today neither one of these institutions are publicly acknowledging God or putting their trust in Him. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
Billy Graham stated, “My heart aches for America and its deceived people. The wonderful news is that our Lord is a God of mercy, and He responds to repentance. In Jonah’s day, Nineveh was the lone world superpower—wealthy, unconcerned, and self-centered. When the Prophet Jonah finally traveled to Nineveh and proclaimed God’s warning, people heard and repented. Repentance means to change our thinking and our way of living. It means to turn from our sins and… commit our lives to God, and to the moral and spiritual truths that have made this nation great.”
“Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone—except God.” -again by Billy Graham
Thomas Hughes, Naples
In God we trust
George Washington said, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God.”
The acknowledgment of God was recognized by both the church and the state throughout America’s history. These two jurisdictions work together, being aware that God is the source of our rights, not the government, that “there is no authority except from God” (Romans) and that through man, God exercises his authority over the government (the state) and the church.
In one biblical example, God placed Moses over the political or civil affairs (state) and Aaron over the spiritual affairs (church).
So strong were the sentiments of acknowledging God in America that in 1873, Congress (not the church) passed into law minting “In God We Trust” on all our coins. In 1931, Congress (not the church) made “The Star-Spangled Banner” our national anthem, the final verse of which declares, “This be our motto, in God is our trust.”
In 1956, Congress (not the church) passed a law making “In God we trust” our national motto. According to the “free exercise clause” of the First Amendment, our government was designed to protect (not suppress as it currently does) our free exercise of religion. James Wilson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, said, “Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants.”
The modern perversion of “separation of church and state” deceiving Americans today is unbiblical and those who continue to misrepresent it are doing nothing more than promoting tyranny.
Please note: an editor of the Naples Daily News changed James Wilson from being a signer of the U.S. Constitution to a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Fact is, James Wilson was a signer of both documents and was an original Justice of the Supreme Court. My acknowledging him as a signer of the Constitution gave credit to his statement in my letter reflecting his views on the First Amendment.
Blessings – Thomas Hughes
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