In God We Trust,” is the official motto of the United States. It was adopted as the nation’s motto in 1956 as an alternative or replacement to the unofficial motto of E pluribus unum, which was adopted when the Great Seal of the United States was created and adopted in 1782. “In God We Trust,” first appeared on U.S. coins, in 1864, and has appeared on paper currency since 1957. A law passed in a Joint Resolution by the 84th Congress.
Approved by President Dwight Eisenhower on July 30, 1956, it was declared that, “In God We Trust,” must appear on American currency.The question is, “As a nation, are we yet trusting God?” Are we moving towards unity (E pluribus unum, ‘out of many, one’) or will we continue to wallow in pits of anger, bitterness, separation, retaliation, and the constant battle for selfish triumph?
There are still decisions to be made, collectively as a nation, and individually. Like the precious privilege of voting, each of us has a part to play. The Word states, in Proverbs 1:20, 21, 23, 33 NLT, “Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square. She calls to the crowds along the main street, to those gathered in front of the city gate. “Come and listen to my counsel. I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise…all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm”.
Our only hope is to turn to our Heavenly Father and seek His wisdom for the healing of our nation. We are His people: every face, every ethnicity, every gender, every religious and non-religious sect. He promises if we humble ourselves, seek His face, and turn from our wicked (self-absorbed, angry, volatile, prejudice) ways, and seek His face, He will ‘hear from heaven, forgive our sins, and heal our land’.
“Out of many, one,” is a reminder to us to assert with earnestness a pressing forward towards forgiveness and a new vision for a brighter tomorrow. In Psalm 133:1 David expressed it by saying, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to do all together in unity?!” We must remember that our voice and our prayers yet count. In God, together, let us continue to trust! Rev. Alexia Burgess-Huart, Pastor