One Nation Under God

One Nation Under GodNow that the fireworks have fizzled and the barbecue grill has gone cold, we can reflect on  having celebrated the Fourth of July and what it means to be truly free. Is freedom something we celebrate once a year or is it something that needs to be jealously guarded, protected, and cherished on a daily basis? “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Declaration of Independence is the first civil document that recognizes God, rather than a pope or a monarch, as the giver of rights.

The Pledge of Allegiance, that I remember reciting daily in elementary school, was written by Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister, in 1892 and officially adopted by Congress as the pledge on June 22, 1942. The phrase “one nation under God” was added to the Pledge of Allegiance on June 14, 1954 by a joint resolution of Congress. On July 11, 1955, legislation was passed which made “In God We Trust” mandatory on all coins and paper currency in the United States. The national motto of the United States of America, “In God We Trust” was adopted by Congress a year later on July 30, 1956.

A Biblical Foundation

As a fourth generation American of Korean ancestry, I feel privileged to have been born into a country where the Bill of Rights, the amendments to the United States Constitution, guarantees a number of freedoms, such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press (see “Liberty Notes on the Bill of Rights” by Jim Jess).

The birth of our great nation is based on individuals who arrived in our country having fled  religious, political and social persecution. The freedoms we richly enjoy were not given to us by accident, but were framed by godly men who respected the Bible and sought to establish a Republic that was founded on biblical principles from God’s Word. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance”(Psalm 33:12). Conversely, “the wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17).

In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this, and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.” John Quincy Adams, our Sixth President stated, “The first and almost the only book deserving of universal attention is the Bible. I speak as a man of the world…and I say to you, Search the Scriptures.” Abraham Lincoln had this to say about the Bible: “In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book.”

The Enemy Within and Without

The United States, with all of its problems and challenges, is still the envy of the world.  We would be wise to learn from the teachings of the Bible for it contains “all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). Make no mistake about it. Evil is real and seeks to steal, kill, destroy and ultimately annihilate our country and all those who worship the one true God (John 10:10). To ignore the existence of evil is naive and misguided.

Lessons from the Book of Acts

The book of Acts is a great example of action steps that believers took to back down the devil spirit realm. This is not a book of meditations or ruminations, but a book about bold actions. One of the powerful ways to back down the devil spirit realm is for men and women to get born again by confessing Jesus Christ as Lord and believe that God raised him from the dead (Romans 10:9-10). The second step is to learn how to operate the gift of holy spirit with its nine manifestations of speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy, word of knowledge, word of wisdom, discerning of spirits, faith (believing), workings of miracles, and gifts of healings. Speaking God’s Word boldly to those who are hungering and thirsting after righteousness is the third step to reconciling men and women back to God.

Get Involved in the Political Process

In the past, other than exercising my civic duty of voting, I was never directly involved in the political process. I always thought that politics was a dirty word, and based on my observations of the behavior of some of the presidential candidates, my opinion about politics hasn’t changed. I believe our country is at a critical crossroads in history. I encourage every U.S. citizen to think about the direction in which our country is going and to become actively involved in the political process at the local, state, and national level.

As believers, we have a responsibility to ask God for wisdom in selecting an individual in 2016 who will assume the highest office in our nation; the president of the United States. We are reminded in 1 Samuel 16:7, when God ultimately selected David to be the next king of Israel, that He instructed Samuel that “the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” Humility, a love for the Bible, God, and the Constitution, and high moral character are just some of the godly qualities that are necessary to lead our country during this dark and critical period. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). In the words of Edmund Burke, “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men [and women] to do nothing.”

All scriptures are quoted from the King James Version unless otherwise noted. Explanatory insertions within a scripture are enclosed in brackets.

 Copyright © 2015 Aleta You. All Rights Reserved.

Comments

  1. Aleta…I am so blessed to read these words of the positive and pro-active approach to listen to God’s Wisdom and follow It…at all times…especially in voting for our next president. THANK YOU

    • Thank you for writing. Yes, we have a responsibility to God to make a difference in the direction in which our nation is going. Prayer and action are required to continue to secure the freedoms that we have.

  2. John Paul Recinto says:

    We do have an incredible nation! As you mentioned Aleta it’s our responsibility to fight to keep our nation free as we stand for the one true God, not stand against people, but stand for the godly principles this nation was originally founded by our founding fathers. Thank you for reminding us of the urgency to be involved with our next presidential candidates in 2016. Each person CAN make a difference as we are empowered as a United States citizen and, more importantly, as a citizen of heaven, to alter the chaotic courses of this world towards the highway of holiness. We can accomplish this by shining brighter and brighter, not giving in to error, but rather fully displaying God’s immeasurable love horizontally, allowing the goodness of God to pervade every person we meet by our exceptional example and unshakeable commitment to stand for truth!

    • John Paul, thank you for your insightful comments. The impact that we can make individually as well as collectively can positively influence the course of events.

  3. Ann highsmith says:

    Very inspiring article and so true. Your article should help people to engage in action.

  4. Beth Thompson says:

    Thank you Aleta for speaking out and taking action! Many of us need to open our eyes and move forward with deliberate action on what we believe to be true. Thanks again!

    • Beth, I appreciate your writing. I am taking my own advice to heart and am volunteering to support Dr. Ben Carson in his campaign for president of the United States.

  5. Kim Hosburgh says:

    I want to get involved, but I don’t know what to do besides voting. Do you have any suggestions that an average person can do other than vote?

    • Kim, find a candidate whom you believe has the qualities that you are looking for. Go to the candidate’s website and fill out what you are interested in volunteering to serve in that person’s campaign. In my case, I went to the RunBenRun website and filled out a form. Someone contacted me and I now serve as the Douglas County contact in Colorado for Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign. There is also a Carson For America website. The key is to get involved! I applaud you for wanting to take the believing action steps to do something more than to vote.

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