A Few Thoughts on the Politics of the Day

In this country of America we pledge allegiance to our flag and the United States of America. We say “..One Nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for ALL..”

In our current political climate today it seems to me that our leaders are afraid to declare themselves as being guided by God, for fear of offending some of the voters. But just what does it mean to be “One Nation under God?”

I read a quote from one of our former Presidents, Calvin Coolidge…He stated that good government has spiritual principles at its core: “Our government rests upon religion. It is from that source that we derive our reverence for truth and justice, for equality and liberality, and for the rights of mankind. Unless the people believe in these principles they cannot believe in our government. There are only two main theories of government in the world. One rests on righteousness and the other on force. One appeals to reason, and the other appeals to the sword. One is exemplified in the republic, the other is represented by a despotism.

“The government of a country never gets ahead of the religion of the country. There is no way by which we can substitute the authority of law for the virtue of man. Of course we endeavor to restrain the vicious, and furnish a fair degree of security and protection by legislation and police control, but the real reform which society in these days is seeking will come as a result of our religious convictions, or they will not come at all. Peace, justice, humanity, charity —these cannot be legislated into being. They are the result of divine grace.”

To me that says that this country, this government should not be so afraid to declare itself a Christian Nation. I realize there are many residents of this country that have different views as to the nature of God. But in my opinion we can all live harmoniously. As far as I know all religions teach tolerance and kindness, loving our neighbors, taking care of each other and respecting another’s point of view. Let’s not forget how we got here and what our purpose is. I love this country and I love Jesus Christ. I am trying to live a Christian life.