There’s virtually not a week that goes by without some sort of lawsuit or complaint against a reference to God or Jesus in the public arena. Often times these lawsuits or complaints are along the lines of “I’m offended,” and that settles it---so the Ten Commandments have to go, God has to be chiseled out.
Yet our national motto is still “In God We Trust.” It has been since 1956. These words are chiseled in stone above the Speaker’s platform in the House of Representatives.
The view that God’s hand helped create and sustain this nation can actually be seen by a review of much of our money---all of which declares “In God we trust.” What’s in your wallet? Many reminders of our nation’s godly heritage.
Stephen McDowell, co-founder of the Providence Foundation, explains: “You pull out your dollar you see George Washington’s picture, the father of our country who is a Christian man who reflected it in his actions and in his words.”
For instance, in his Circular to the States (June 8, 1783), Washington said to all the Governors that we could never hope to be a happy nation unless we learned to humbly imitate Jesus, whom he called, “the Divine Author of our blessed religion.”
During his first Inaugural Address, he said, “No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency…”
The same concept of gratitude to God for His help can be seen on the back of the dollar bill. On the left, we see in Latin this phrase---Annuit coeptis, meaning, “He has favored our undertakings.” As in, God has helped us win our independence.
As Stephen McDowell notes, “God has blessed our undertakings because the founders believe that God and His providence had overseen the birth of this nation and that is reflected there… There are many miracles God did during the American Revolution, but the greatest miracle was that thirteen sovereign, independent states could gather together to unite to work together as one. John Adams said it was like making thirteen clocks strike together in unison.”