Opinion

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In God we must trust

Everyone has a world view. Your world view is the authority of your ideas and beliefs. That authority might be your parents, or yourself, or government.

Throughout history, different nations have built monuments and memorials to honor their gods. It may be human leaders of government or fictitious deities. These monuments reflect the heart of the people. It also reveals their world view, which is the authority of their beliefs.

America’s monuments and symbols contain the declaration that our source of authority and freedom and birth is God, and His son, Jesus Christ. Washington, D.C., is a great example.

In the Library of Congress, the Jefferson Building, which is the oldest of four, are the Gutenberg Bible and a hand-copied Giant Bible of Mainz. This display is important, as Andrew Jackson reminded, “The Bible is the rock upon which our Republic rests.” There are biblical inscriptions on walls and ceilings, like John 1:5: “The light shineth in darkness. And the darkness comprehended it not.”

In the main reading room are statues and quotes representing knowledge, science and history. Micah 6:8 is the quote for knowledge. Psalms 91:1 is the quote for science. Above the reading room central door is a painting titled “Corrupt Legislation Leads to Anarchy.” The figure representing anarchy is burning the scroll of learning, while she tramples on a Bible.

Tennyson wrote of history, “One God, one law, one element, and one far-off divine event to which the whole creation moves.”

When you visit the Supreme Court building, you find a statue of Moses holding the two tablets of the Ten Commandments. Engraved on the oak doors that is the entrance are the Roman numerals I-X, representing the Law of God and the Ten Commandments. Each day when court is in session saying, “God save the United States and the Honorable Court.”

At our Capitol building all eight of the paintings in the Rotunda show our Christ-centered history. One painting is of Pocahontas being baptized. Another depicts the pilgrims departing Holland-William Brewster is holding an open Bible, and the ship’s sail has “God With Us” written on it.

There are numerous statues from each state of people who declared America to be a holy experiment, that God would help us and many others.

Behind the speaker’s rostrum in the House chamber is our national motto in letters of gold, “In God We Trust.” The House chamber in 1867 was used for church services for the largest church in America at that time. It has a prayer room inside it, and a stained-glass window picturing George Washington praying Psalms 16, “Preserve me, oh God, for in thee I put my trust.”

The National Archives, the White House, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, all of these make reference to God and our Lord Jesus Christ, and numerous Scripture quotations.

Our nation’s monuments reveal Christ and the Bible are the basis of our world view. The authority upon which we base our ideas and beliefs. The U.S. House of Representatives said in 1854, 76 years after our Declaration of Independence, “The great vital element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

If we lose this vital element and forget that God is the author of our freedom, we will lose it.