I recently read Newt Gingrich's, "Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role of Faith in Our Nation's History," and it is nice to see that someone is able to look at our nations history and it's great monuments and point out the need for trust in God's providence and favor over America.
Thanks to modern secularism, especially in education and the judiciary, God is being pushed out of the public square. The basic argument is simple; seperation of Church and State. Many falsely believe that this is found in our nations Constitution, when in fact it was a letter from Thomas Jefferson to a group of Danbery Baptists who were being persecuted because of their faith.
Newt, whom I would like to see run for President, points out the many problems with our society's use of that phrase in our culture. America is a religious nation. One cannot deny that if they simply read our nation's history and read the great monuments in our nation's capital.
And that is exactly what he shows. Gingrich walks the reader through the capital to reveal the importance of faith in the moments and persons that have shaped our nation and how we honor them. He takes us to the Whitehouse, the Library of Congress, the Capital Building, the Supreme Court, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and much more. Our capital is full of religious references.
Every America needs to face this reality. Our founding fathers and many of our great leaders have leaned on divine providence and blessings from Him upon America. We were not a nation built on the backs of secularists, but on the backs of faithful men and women who served our country because they serve a great God.
But do not think that Newt believes that we should have a theocracy. He doesn't, and neither do I. The point made in this book is that it is inaccurate to think that it is unconstitutional and against the will of our founding father's to have the phrase "In God We Trust," on our money or "Under God," in our pledge.
Futhermore, it is not unprecedent for our current President, George W. Bush, to point to his faith as his strength and hope for our country. Bush speaks of his faith much less than our founding fathers and previous presidents. It is not uncommon for our nations's leader to provoke God's help in their nations' time of need.
I highly recommend this book. It is short, only about 160 pages. In every chapter, the reader is afirmed in the need of faith in our nation's history, and the need of faith for our nation's future.
Does God belong in the public square? According to Newt, He does and He has always been there. It is unfortunate and wrong to think that it is more American to ignore His divine plan, will, and favor. What a blessing it is to see God behind the great moments of our nation's history. Let us pray that He will continue to bless this great nation. And let us repent, and turn back towards Him, and bring glory to His name.
And may continue to bless America.