We live in the greatest nation in the history of the world; “We the People of the United States, . . .” One can’t help but see the mighty hand and outstretched arm of the Almighty in the establishment and development of our country. I like the 1954 contribute paid in our Pledge of Allegiance to flag and republic; ‘One Nation under God.’ It was under the threat of communism that President Dwight D. Eisenhower sought Congress to add the phrase. It is interesting to note that its origin was penned by Francis Bellamy (1855-1931) in August of 1892. It is said that he was an American Christian socialist minister. By 1923, “the Flag of the United States of America” had already been included.
The signers of the Declaration of Independence had no doubt that their Creator stood behind them. It contains several references to God. Quoting Anthony J. Minna, “The genius of the Declaration is the inclusive way the divine is given expression.” All faiths can read the document and understand it to mean the god they worship. This is a document of why we would fight for our freedom and the justification. The Constitution needs none such.
The Constitution is the framework for our government. Under God it will thrive! There is no need to talk of deity when one is drafting temporal means to further spiritual foundations. Nonetheless, President George Washington, in his farewell address, reminded us that we could not have a great democracy without a deep and abiding faith in God. In Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address it is declared that our democracy shall not perish from the earth while under God. Winston Churchill has been quoted as saying that Christian ethics is still our highest guide . . . The fulfillment of spiritual duty in our daily lives is vital to our survival.
A few at the top these days wish to control the masses below, the same old song and dance throughout the ages. It’s not the rich, but those seeking to usurp power. They work under the guise that the government knows best and should provide everything for its citizens. It will be everything for them and nothing for us. This will lead to our country’s demise. God must be removed from everything in order to achieve dark goals because it is Father’s desire for His children to be in bondage to no one and to exercise their own agency. I add my voice of warning to those above as well as to my Latter-day Saint family. Your Eternal Father is very aware of one and is the reason why this country is so abundantly blessed. Take yourself or Him out of the relationship and you have nothing. ■
— Scott Arens is a lifelong resident of Arbuckle. To contact Scott email firstname.lastname@example.org