"In God We Trust" is a phrase that all Americans are familiar with since it appears on our currency. Act of Congress approved this motto for placement on our coins on April 22, 1864. Did you know that God is constantly referred to throughout our history in our government documents (both federal and state) starting with the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776?

The word "God" is with a capital "G" and not a lower case "g" which is so often pushed in our society today. It was the God of the Bible and not the Koran nor any other world divinity. We are busy trying to rewrite history to downplay God's role in the foundation of our government and our life philosophy as a people. To read a detailed account of this movement, I refer you to "The Silencing of God" by Dave Miller, and it is available through Apologetics Press at To understand how turned around we have become, you need to look no further than the incident in Afghanistan where American soldiers destroyed "desecrated" copies of the Koran and ended up apologizing to Muslims and assuring them that those responsible would be punished. However, American soldiers, under orders a couple of years ago, destroyed hundreds of Bibles in Afghanistan in order that they would not get out into the population. It appears that there is more evidence that America operates under sharia law than under the influence of God's Word. How far have we come when we declared in our Declaration Of Independence "all men were created equal," "endowed by their Creator," "appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world," and "with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence"? How far have we come since that declaration? How quickly we have been removed from those statements where we think it is wrong as a government to burn "desecrated" Korans but not destroy good copies of the Bible?

We need to put our actions where our money motto is: In God We Trust. Proverbs 3:5-6 reminds us to "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he shall direct thy paths." Can we say as Habakkuk did in his book chapter 3, verses 17-19, "Although the fig tree shall not blossom, Neither shall fruit be in the vines; The labour of the olive shall fail, And the fields shall yield no meat; The flock shall be cut off from the fold, And there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 19 The LORD God is my strength, And he will make my feet like hinds' feet, And he will make me to walk upon mine high places." As our economy falters, our riches turn to ashes, and foreign policy becomes as sand trickling through our fingers, we Christians need to bear in mind that God, the LORD, is our strength, and rejoice in Him. For, if we continue down this road away from God, we are sure to see dark times ahead. 

Charles Royal, Decatur AL