In God We Trust

Yes, In God We Trust belongs in America today, just as it did at the founding of our nation.

Now, there are facts and there are Facebook facts.   True facts are those that can be proven true through independent evidence.  Facebook facts are evidently true because there are so many people on Facebook, that everyone you talk to saw the same thing and will back you up on the validity of the Facebook Fact (FBF).  It must be true because it’s on Facebook. ;)

Here’s a couple of those Facebook Facts (FBF) that showed up in my timeline last week.

Rubio igwtEvidently we are supposed to take as fact that “In God We Trust” came to life in 1956 and that Marco Rubio is a nincompoop.   I don’t think either is factual, but given the speed at which false information travels on the internet,  both may already qualify as FBF.

One commenter on that timeline image even added their own twist to this FBF.

I bet his crazy ass father taught him that. The only reference is in the Declaration of Independence that refers to “Nature’s God” and the “laws of nature.”

Now I don’t know Marco Rubio, so he may be a fatuous nincompoop with a crazy ass father(don’t really think so), but I believe him to be correct in his sentiment that trust in God is foundational to out nation.  As for the words “In God We Trust” as a slogan and or motto here are a few real facts:

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  • In 1956 congress did actually pass a law declaring “In God We Trust” as our national motto, but trust in God didn’t suddenly poof into existence in 1956.
  • During the 1860’s the US was minting coins with the inscription “In God We Trust”  I don’t know if it a motto, a slogan, or what, but by my crude math skills I put the 1860’s almost 100 years before 1956.
  • In 1814 Francis Scott Key wrote a poem while held as a prisoner by the British during the War of 1812.  His poem contained the line, “And this be our motto: ‘In God is our Trust.”   That poem, set to music is now know as the Star Spangled Banner.   Again with crude math 1956 was some 150 years later.

Clearly trust in God as a part of our nation predates 1956 and in reality goes back to the very foundation of our nation.  When the commenter mentions our Declaration of Independence they were ever so close to proving Marco Rubio true, they just were looking at the wrong end of the Declaration.

In opposition to the King of England our Declaration of Independence declared these important things,

  • that we would no longer be governed by England
  • that people had inalienable rights bestowed upon them by their Creator, not government.
  • that we were starting our own government.

Our Declaration was a hugely important document in it’s time, as well as now.  Anyone signing the Declaration would have been hung by the British as traitors had they been caught.  I’ve read that 5 signers were actually caught, tortured and subsequently died, but that may just be a FBF.

So what made our nation’s founders believe that they had a chance in heck of being successful in their endeavor of creating the United States?  Well it’s all there in that last sentence of the Declaration,

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

In order to break from England and start this new nation called the United States, our founders mutually pledged to each other: their Lives, their Fortunes and their sacred Honor, but most importantly they did so “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence .”   They knew that for this nation to succeed they needed to rely on each other and firmly rely on the protection of divine Providence or in other words they had a complete trust in God’s will.

“firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence” = Trust in God

“In God we Trust” was most certainly not a motto dreamt up by Christian zealots in the 1950s’ or 1860’s or whatever era, trust in God was part of our nation before we were a nation.  In God We Trust was not some catchy phrase to our founding fathers, it was what they did, they trusted in God.

Motto, slogan, or whatever, I don’t think anything could be more “American” than Trust in God.

Amen

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