Americans have long embraced the phrases “one nation under God” and “in God we trust,” but secular forces aim to push these phrases out of the public square and institutions. Is this good or bad–or does it matter?
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.”
– Psalm 33:12
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.”
– John 15:18
In the 1950s, Congress added the phrase “one nation under God” to the “Pledge of Allegiance,” according to a book of the same name by Kevin M. Kruse, the Department of history at Princeton University reports. In the same decade, Congress also made “In God We Trust” America’s first official motto.
Secular forces, most often lead by the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), are working tirelessly to remove religion from every aspect of the public square. Not only are they aggressively exploiting the separation of church and state, but even suing schools where athletes gather to pray before a game or event. Prayer in schools has been a constant battle. The same forces are working to remove “in God we trust” from American currency and its great seal, as well as “one nation under God” from the “Pledge of Allegiance.”
“Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.'”
– John 18:36
From the opposite perspective, some argue that these religious phrases in the public square should not matter to people of faith. Why? Because people of faith belong to God’s kingdom. They are not of the world. Their allegiance is first to God – not to country.
“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,”
– Philippians 3:20
“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.”
– Isaiah 59:2
There is division between people of faith who associate God and country. He attempts to remove religion from every aspect of public life troubles them deeply. Many people firmly hold on to the oft-quoted belief that “America was founded as a Christian nation.” To these people, God and country are inseparable ideas.
However, Pastor John MacArthur of Grace to You Church, in a sermon titled “A Nation Under God,” argues that biblical history has shown that when a nation turns its back on God, “it invites judgment on a personal scale and a national scale.”
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
– 2 Chronicles 7:14
Messianic rabbi Jonathan Cahn holds a similar view. He has written numerous books on the subject, including the best-selling book titled The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret of America’s Future.
According to the theory of Cahn’s book, the judgment that came upon Israel in the Bible is repeating history in present-day America. According to the book, “Before its end as a nation, there appeared in ancient Israel nine specific warnings and omens of national destruction – These same nine Harbingers are now manifesting in America with profound ramifications for America’s future and end-time prophecy.”
Another messianic rabbi, Sid Roth, Author and host of It’s Supernatural and Messianic Vision, says Cahn’s biblical study reveals “God’s judgment on ancient Israel being played out in the United States of America now.”