"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15
One Nation, Indivisible….what’s the big deal?
A few weeks ago there was a story about a secular group in North Carolina that posted billboards in several locales with the words, “One Nation, Indivisible”. What the secular organization did was removed “God” from the phrase “One Nation, Under God, Indivisible”. And so sparks the debate… America was created based on Christian principles…No it wasn’t. The founding fathers were Christian…well not really…etc, etc, etc… Their point they are attempting to make is that you can be a patriot without using the words “Under God”.
As I sat and thought about this I realized that I wasn’t angry, or even upset. Any number of arguments could be made about this billboard. The only real legitimate argument that I could come up with is just the overall attempt to remove God from society as a whole. What I mean is the fight to remove God from government to be a little more specific. Both sentences are intentional, please let me explain…
In my last post I discussed what freedom actually was to a Christian. I made the specific point that a government can take anything away from you but they cannot take your Christian freedom from you. These billboards, and ultimately the response from Christians illustrate this point beautifully. Christians who get upset about the removal of “under God” from a pledge of allegiance to a country, may need to check their priorities. If you read my last post you know that a government (or any person for that matter) can deny you of certain freedoms. They can deny you of material possession. They can even deny you the right to use “Under God” when saying the pledge of allegiance. I ask you…why should we care if “under God” was removed from the pledge of allegiance?
I can hear some of you right now….”But Robert….this is just another example of the removal of God from society. This has caused the downfall of the American society”. Is it really the fault of the government if I don’t teach my kids about Christ? Is it the fault of society if I do not provide an absolute moral compass for my kids (from God’s perfect and reliable Word)? The false premise here is that you let yourself off of the hook when you blame society for being amoral or providing entertainment that is not godly. It is each individual’s responsibility to act in a Godly way. It is OUR responsibility to teach our kids about God. After all what makes up society…millions of individuals. Perhaps if the millions of individuals spent as much time and energy focusing on God individually…society would improve.
Just a thought.