The History, Reason and Substance of Our National Motto
Taken from American Patriot Project
In a letter dated November 20, 1861, the 25th Secretary of the Treasury, Salmon P. Chase, wrote to James Pollock, Director of the Mint at Philadelphia:
“Dear Sir: No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins.”
“You will cause a device to be prepared without unnecessary delay with a motto expressing in the fewest and tersest words possible this national recognition.”
This official Government story was taken from a Government web site found at http://www.ustreas.gov/education/fact-sheets/currency/in-god-we-trust.shtml which, unfortunately, seems to have been taken down.
”IN GOD WE TRUST:” The Reason For Our National Motto
Americans speak much of liberty. The laws of our United States Constitution and Bill of Rights speak of liberty.
Do laws give people liberty? They definitely make a difference, especially when the laws are obeyed. However, laws alone have never and can never guarantee people their liberty.
At various times throughout the histories of civilizations, people have lived in a democracy under laws that supported freedom and they were soon brought under bondage.
Our nation’s Founding Fathers recognized this history and wrote our United States Constitution with binding laws to protect the people from the fate of those previous democracies.
An event is told of a lady asking Benjamen Franklin what kind of a government had been given us. Benjamen Franklin replied, ” A Republic, ma’am, if you can keep it.”
Our hope is that we, the American people, will never come under bondage. Our hope is that, as we seek to live by our National Motto, our cause for liberty will grow stronger. Through trusting in God, the threat of fear created by present day terrorism will not drive us into the tyranny of a government using war and terrorism as an excuse to abandon our rights that are protected by the laws of the Constitution.
It is through fear that we would be willing to give up our liberty for the promise of security. Without trust in God, this will certainly be the case. Even now, in these times of increasing wars and terrorism, there has been discussion of civil rights verses security; the talk of altering or giving up some laws of our liberty in the Constitution for a promise of security. Evidence of this debate can be seen HERE at http://www.bordc.org/
It is through having trust in God that men can overcome fear and be willing to stand in support of people’s rights and vote for the honor of our laws of liberty that are written in the Constitution.
We the People must always be willing to stand in defense of our laws of liberty as other faithful Americans have been willing to do before us. Let us never forget to be grateful to all those who stood to preserve our liberty.
Americans who choose to TRUST IN GOD, as our National Motto suggests, are no longer subject to the bondage that can come through having fear of death. They choose, instead, to serve the cause of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness which is the right of all mankind as it is written within our Declaration of Independence and protected by the laws of the United States Constitution.
“IN GOD WE TRUST:” The Substance Of Our National Motto
Faith can be considered to be the substance of “IN GOD WE TRUST”.
(Old Testament | Isaiah 45:5 – 8)
5 ¶ I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.
7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
8 Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.
Should it trouble anyone that the Lord creates evil?
The fact that man exists is a miracle. That man was created by God in the image of God is a miracle. That man was created in God’s image with his own independent identity and free will is a miracle. That man is free to either follow the will of God or to oppose the will of God, is a miracle.
Should it trouble anyone that the Lord has created all things, even the framework for evil? Let us only have thanks and express to Him our gratitude for the understanding and faith that we have in Him.
My understanding and faith in God took a big leap forward in the year of around 1959 while I was serving in the United States Air Force on a year’s tour of duty in Iceland.
That year, I was introduced to the “stick of Ephraim or Joseph”. Also, I saw and wondered about the movie, “The Ten Commandments” that is based on scriptures.
Science and physics had been my favorite subjects in high school. I was strong in those most favorite scientific facts of life. Because of my background in this, I had troubling questions in trying to have faith in the stories of miracles that are found in the scriptures while also having a solid knowledge of the facts of science.
During this time that I was reading the “stick of Joseph” and wondering about all those stories of faith, I went to God in prayer and asked how I should be able to believe those stories of miracles that are found in the volumes of scripture from both the “stick of Joseph” and the “stick of Judah” ( Ezekiel 37:19 ) while still having my knowledge of the facts of science. God answered my prayer by opening my understanding.
I began to understand God’s hand in the plagues over Egypt as in the turning of the rod into a serpent and how the magicians in Egypt were able to duplicate many of the same miraculous signs that God did through the faith of Moses and Aaron.
I began to understand how God was and is able to create the universe. God allows us, His created offspring, the miracle of our own independent identity with freedom of choice of action to act within the bounds of His set laws. We are free to do good or evil with the life that He has given us.
For all of His children who are created in His image, He allows those who grow in the exercise of faith, which by definition is belief that is in agreement with truth and with His will, to effect the perceived reality of His created universe that we all share.
(Old Testament | Exodus 7:10 – 12)
10 ¶ And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent.
11 Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.
12 For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.
Here in this scripture, we see by example that faith holds more virtue than does mere belief. Aaron’s rod had superior command over the other rods. The power of faith comes in being perfect in righteousness. Devils have power to believe but, they also have great knowledge of their unrighteousness.
(Old Testament | Exodus 9:13 – 16)
13 ¶ And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me.
14 For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth.
15 For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth.
16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.
Faith holds more virtue than does mere belief. Belief can be in things that are not true as well as in things that are true. When a person believes in something that is true, the belief can be as the beginning of faith. When the faith of a person becomes very strong, which will happen through keeping God’s commandments and doing His will, the object of the faith can be recognized in the sight of God as a change in the perception of reality.
(New Testament | Hebrews 11:1 – 3)
1 NOW faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
(New Testament | Matthew 8:26)
26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
(New Testament | Matthew 14:29 – 31)
29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
God is the Creator of the universe and the fountain of all truth. All truth exists in the sight of God and it exists according to what He has created by the power of His word which is the word of perfect knowledge and faith for things to come. Nothing exists outside of the mind of God. All that exists within every mind of every created creature within the universe, which includes our physical world and the spiritual universe, is apparent in its true state of reality in the mind of God. Everything is sustained in its true state of perceived reality by the power of God’s word which is by the power of faith as Jesus taught and demonstrated.
Some scientists are being paid to look for what has been termed the god particle. For those who care to see the truth, they will see that the universe exists by virtue of the consciousness of the great eternal “I Am” who has created all and is in all of us. Our independent minds sense or perceive our common reality according as the faith of the great eternal “I Am” has created it and creates it.
Our Eternal Father in heaven is the “I Am” who created the eternal laws of the universe. His perfect faith for and in all truth sustains the reality of our universe second by second and day by day.
(Old Testament | Exodus 3:13 – 15)
13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
(New Testament | John 8:56 – 58)
56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
In God We Trust
An Independent American (IAP’s Midwest Regional Coordinator, Roger Tucker)