“In God We Trust”?

“And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper” (Romans 1:28)

After following the discussion in Mary’s Xanga about atheists petitioning to remove “In God We Trust” from US currency, I wrote her a long comment, but I thought that perhaps I should write it here instead…

It is a known fact that you cannot satisfy everyone.

From the surface, removing “In God We Trust” from US currency seems to be “objective” and would “avoid offending” people who don’t believe in God and yet let them feel American. However, all this talk about keeping prayers from schools, taking down plagues with the Ten Commandments, etc. sends an even more offensive message, and the message is that talking about God is not appropriate in the public. It’s treated as a taboo on the same level of sexual harassment in the office.

Of course the popular argument is that everyone is entitled to believe in what they believe in. Consider this though: either deity exists or there is no deity. Obviously, some people are believing in the wrong thing… I call that “living a lie.” Are Christians living a lie or are atheists living a lie? If we don’t have a public forum to talk about it, how else can we keep ourselves or others from living a lie? And do people really comprehend the stakes and the consequences of living a lie? Pretty soon, if we go down the path of removing “In God We Trust”, we will not be able to talk about beliefs anymore. We must educate people that talking about beliefs or about angels or about God is not an offensive thing.

Christians can also make the same case that “evolution pseudo-science” and “care-free sexual behaviors and alternative lifestyles” should not be freely promoted in schools. Nowadays, educators believe that kids at a young age are taught that homosexual behavior is ok, so that they have a “choice” to become gays if they want to. If atheists can accept that, the same can be said that we should teach both evolution and creation in the school. And we should teach young kids how to choose their belief in God and in religion. But of course atheists don’t want that.

To come to the bottom of it, what atheists think is that the “least common denominator” is to not mention God. Here’s where I disagree, and I believe that the “best common denominator” is to educate/equip people to know that God could exist, and let each person choose what he/she thinks about God.

What is your stance on this issue?

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2 thoughts on ““In God We Trust”?

  1. For me, it does not really matter whether “In God We Trust” is really all over the place or has disappeared. God is undeniably there (Romans 1:19-20). When I see so many people have confused the cultural Christianity and the revealed Christianity, it may actually be better if the “In God We Trust” has disappeared. People may choose to talk about “God” or not talk about “God” with or without the phrase.

    It is not true that the Atheists do not believe in God, instead, we should say they have denied there is God while they actually “believe” in God in essence. Also, since the “God” is unspecific in the phrase. It is up for all kinds of weird interpretation. In fact, I would even believe most people consider “God” to be themselves or money itself as long as they don’t believe in what God has revealed “God” to be in the Scripture.

    The best way to “educate” people about God is through the preaching of the Word. Through the preaching of the Word, the Gospel will differentiate those who believe and those who deny. The Gospel will have a “choosing function” on its own.

  2. Thanks for your comment… I personally like seeing the “In God We Trust” on money because it reminds me that every time I spend or receive money, I don’t trust the power of money but I trust God instead. Just when Jesus said asked people to look at the coin and say give to Caesar’s that which is Caesar’s and to God that which is God’s, having the “In God We Trust” on money is definitely a good reminder for myself.

    I totally agree with your statements that “In God We Trust” is not specific enough to say what this “God” is. But I disagree with removing “In God We Trust” because we would be removing it for the wrong reasons. My point is that if we remove “In God We Trust” in order to communicate that no one has the right to impose religion on other people, it is the wrong message. But that’s actually the reasoning that the atheists use in order to remove the “In God We Trust” phrase from US currency.

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