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I received a notice from someone claiming that a new American dollar would be issued, a dollar that lacks the familiar "In God we trust" motto. I don't know if such a dollar will be issued, but here is my reaction:
As to the "In God we trust," of course we (Americans) don't, and trusting in "God" apart from the name of Jesus is (at best) a waste of time. Thus one may consider whether it is better to be an outright pagan, secular nation, or to pretend to be on God's side without being born again. Nonetheless, our constitution is defective in that while we cannot be a Christian nation without being mostly born again (and that is unlikely to happen), our constitution should have acknowledged that the Lord Jesus was Lord and that the Bible was the Word of God, without establishing any religion beyond those affirmations. The closest the constitution comes to such an affirmation is the end of it where it says "In the year of our Lord . . . ," which actually does acknowledge that the Lord Jesus is Lord.
Perhaps our coins would better read, "In the Lord Jesus we must trust."
I have my misgivings about superficial godism in the government. When I was a boy in Georgia, it seemed that almost everyone was a member of a church (possibly also a Mason) and recognized the God of the Bible. The Bible was also rightly read in school every day by state law. However, hardly anyone seemed to be saved. And in such a superficial religiosity situation it may be harder to witness than in a pagan setting, since the populace thinks it is Christian and rejects conversion for that reason:
"Who me, be born again? I have always been a Christian and always believed in those things. Also, one doesn't get saved suddenly; one just oozes in by osmosis as a gradual process. And of course if you are sure you are going to Heaven when you die, you are a self-righteous, presumptuous idiot."
At least today, people are more likely to know that they are not Christians.