To the editor:
Our nation recently recognized the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our country’s East Coast on Sept. 11, 1991.
Remembrances were held across the country as we paused to pay tribute to those who gave their lives on that tragic day.
Another anniversary recently received far less fanfare across the media. The United States just celebrated the 65th anniversary of President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially declaring our nation’s motto to be, “In God We Trust.” Though the motto has appeared on our currency and coinage, and is on display in various public buildings, it grieves me to think how far the United States has declined in truly following the words of this motto in the past 65 years.
If we as a nation really “trusted” in the Almighty God, things would surely look a lot different. A nation that really “trusts” in God would not remove Him from our courthouses and our schools. A nation that really “trusts” in God would not see empty churches on the weekend. A nation that really “trusts” in God would not celebrate blatant sin, or doesn’t our country understand that the Ten Commandments are God’s Words of life to us? (Note that God did not call them the “Ten Suggestions”!)
It is not too late to turn to Him, both personally and as a nation. The words of 2 Chronicles 7:14 state that “if my people…will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will forgive their sin and heal their land.” We all want the end of the verse (healing for our land), but do not want to deal with the conditions set forth in the beginning of the verse (seeking God and turning from our wicked ways).
World events all point toward the imminent Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It would be wise for us to seek God while He might be found (Isaiah 55: 6), before it is too late to change your fate. He is a forgiving and patient God, and not wanting anyone to perish (2 Peter 3: 9), but we individually must put our trust in Him. We need to read the motto on our dollar bills, and apply it to our lives.
Ed Rollmann, Chilton