The House of the United States of America the other time passed a resolution reaffirming ‘In God We Trust’ as the country’s national motto. The motion, which was sponsored by Republican Representative Randy Forbes from Virginia, was approved with 396 for, nine against and two abstentions. According to Forbes, the move was necessary to check “a disturbing trend of inaccuracies and omissions, misunderstandings of church and state, rogue court challenges, and efforts to remove God from the public domain by unelected bureaucrats.” He further stated that as the United States faces challenging times, “it is appropriate for Members of Congress and our nation—like our predecessors—to firmly declare our trust in God, believing that it will sustain us for generations to come.” True! Sure, this measure couldn’t have come at a better time. This indeed has been a trying period for the Americans – terrorism threats, loss of jobs, moral decay, homosexuality, atheism, Satanism, etc.
‘In God We Trust’ first appeared on the US coins during the Civil War in 1864. It officially became the nations’ motto in 1956 by an act of congress and began appearing on her paper money the following year – 1957. The phrase is also found in the last stanza of the US National Anthem, public buildings, schools and also displayed above judges’ chairs in courts. There is no doubt that America was founded on Christian principles and this was clearly demonstrated by the founding fathers all over Washington DC buildings, in official documents and historic speeches. God is also mentioned in her constitution and Pledge of Allegiance. So, what has gone wrong? Why did Rep Forbes sponsor the resolution to reaffirm this belief?
According to him, his action was propelled by the present efforts to remove God from America ’s public domain, rogue court challenges, the necessity to declare the country’s trust in God, etc. Wonderful! This is very refreshing, coming from the same congress that once failed to approve the bill seeking to prohibit same-sex marriage sometime ago. Yes, America has backslidden. They have deviated from the dreams and beliefs of their founding fathers. They have taken the cherished liberty to a very ridiculous level. They have taken liberty and thrown away the one that gave it to them. President Thomas Jefferson succinctly captured this when he wrote: “The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are of God?”
Today, Americans gladly champion causes that are contrary to the principles and foundation that brought them to be the most powerful and most prosperous nation on earth. And this is what Forbes’ sponsored resolution seeks to correct – to remind them of their root and the source of their strength and prosperity. “Remember it is God that gives you the ability…” I can hear him saying.
Yes, this move is critical at this point in time because America has abandoned the very foundation on which it was built. Americans have abandoned the vision and belief of their founding fathers. The legacies, labours and prayers of their fathers are about going in vain. Would the founding fathers of America have believed that their cherished nation would one day champion ungodly and ignoble causes like homosexuality, same-sex marriage, atheism and occultism? Today, more many states in the US have legalized same-sex (gay) marriage. Even the congress failed to pass the bill to stop this anti-God, anti-marriage, anti-American madness. Could the founding fathers have imagined that an American president would be dancing around such fundamental national issues like gay marriage and leading the erasing of God in American public consciousness? President Obama’s statement on his trip to India in December is one the reasons cited by Mr. Forbes for sponsoring his resolution. He called ‘E pluribus unum’ (meaning ‘from many one’) the national motto, and prompted its addition to the new Capitol Visitors Center. Can you imagine that? But the Congress has since ordered for the correction.
I know those great men would be ‘groaning’ in their graves by knowing that the country they founded, fought for and nurtured to greatness by their prayers, handwork and trust in God is now directly involved in Satanism. I mean people proudly, publicly flaunting their worship of Satan the devil. Incredible! Yes, today you have church of Satan in the US. This is besides other very demonic and dangerous secret societies and cults. Most having their headquarters in that country. Consulting psychics and witches, mediums and other agents of Satan is now the order of the day. Before, it was a tradition for the authorities to consult men of God on pressing national issues, including going to war, but today all that have changed. Worse, millions of ‘God’s Own Country’ citizens presently do not believe in the existence God at all. They say that God is just an illusion or a myth. They believe that the universe just happened. They believe more in science and technology. I watched one of them on television recently. He was laboring to prove to the whole world that his creator does not exit. He has even written books on that. Yes, an American. Everything about and around God is presently being ridiculed, questioned or threatened by this same people that He has favored most.
America is fast deviating from its roots, history, source of strength and place in prophecy. They are busy instituting democracy, handing out aids, policing the world, but left their own hedge broken. And the word of God says that if you break the hedge, serpent will bite you. It is quite unfortunate that they are by their actions and inactions on the above enumerated issues throwing their flanks open for an imminent and monumental divine abandonment, defeat and destruction. They also look like that army general called Naaman, who was powerful, wealthy, influential, but leprous. It is indeed sad that the Ephraim (America) and Manasseh (UK) are both abandoning the God that made them great. The God that they once preached to the whole world. Today, Ghana, Tanzania and other countries are resisting the UK Government on their gay for aids policy. The UK authority wants them to legalize homosexuality or have their aids cut. What a shame! I remember that it was just a pamphlet of the report on Azusa Street revival in the US that triggered off the now great move of God in my country and in other parts of Africa from the 1930s. They indeed have abandoned the God they once zealously forced on us.
America, like the biblical Ephraim, is highly favored, but is also foolishly going deeply into idolatry, Satanism, whoredom, making sinful altars and apostasy. And this has been depleting her hedge of divine protection, waiting for an imminent defeat and destruction. But if you will repent and return to your source – God, He says that He will heal your wounds and have compassion on you. Once again, we thank the Republican Representative Randy Forbes (Virginia) for sponsoring this timely resolution.
Pastor Agbo is the author of the book, Power of Midnight Prayer, and a minister with the Assemblies of God Nigeria, [email protected] 08037113283.