Recently, the College Pulse, an online survey company that performs analytics focused on college students, conducted an exclusive poll for The College Fix that asked 1,001 college students from across the nation the following question: Should the phrase “In God We Trust” be removed from U.S. currency.
The result: 53% said the motto should remain while 45% said it should be removed. The other 2% declined to give an answer.
The survey conducted by College Pulse comes just after the Supreme Court upheld the opinion of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals after a challenge was presented that questioned the motto’s placement on U.S. currency. The ruling stated that the motto “does not compel citizens to engage in religious observance.”
The following is the 8th Circuit’s official opinion on the matter: “The Supreme Court has long recognized the ‘unbroken history of official acknowledgment by all three branches of government of the role of religion in American life from at least 1789.’”
To be perfectly candid, the Bible doesn’t say much when it comes to the syncretism of Christianity and the government. Although Jesus instructs Christians how we are to relate and respect those who “rule over us,” there is no mention of the amount of emphasis that should be put on making an individual’s country “Christian.”
In fact, the Jews thought the Messiah was coming to establish God’s Kingdom here on earth. They were very disappointed when Jesus had drastically different plans. However, it’s important to note that Israel is still God’s chosen people and nation.
According to Michelle Goldberg, author of Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism “Christian nationalists believe in a revisionist history, which holds that the founders were devout Christians who never intended to create a secular republic; separation of church and state, according to this history, is a fraud perpetrated by God-hating subversives.”
In George Grant’s book The Changing of the Guard, he claims that “Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ—to have dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness. World conquest. That’s what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish.”
Unfortunately, the views of Christian Nationalism have no biblical foundation. Tying this in with the poll mentioned at the top of the article, it seems that college students are split on the U.S. motto “In God We Trust.” It’s meant to be a reflection of religion’s role in the founding of our great nation. Like it or not, Christianity was influential, but it doesn’t mean we are forming a theocracy.
Whether you believe “In God We Trust” belongs on U.S. currency or you think it should be removed, it’s important to understand what the Christian’s real purpose is for being a part of any nation—to make disciples and live out the gospel. Although this takes on many forms, POTUS isn’t the one that’s going to redeem mankind. Only the life, death, and resurrection of Christ can do that.