Should We Keep "In God We Trust"?

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In God We Trust - Faith and FactsHere’s your chance to let the media know where the people stand on our faith in God, as a nation. NBC is taking a poll on whether “In God We Trust” should stay on our American currency.

Please share your view and vote on this important subject. Perhaps you could pass it along to others as well.

“In God We Trust” poll

Post your view in the comments after you vote.

In God We Trust: The History

The Treasury Department reports that the motto, “IN GOD WE TRUST,” was added to coins around the time of the Civil War and was associated with increased religious fervor. Salmon P. Chase was the Secretary of the Treasury and he received thousands of requests from believers suggesting that the country express devotion to God by adding this phrase to our money.

The first request came in a letter on November 13, 1861 by Rev. M. R. Watkinson of Ridleyville, Pennsylvania. In a letter dated November 20, 1861, Secretary Chase instructed the director of the Philadelphia mint insert the motto:

In God We Trust - Faith and Facts “Dear Sir: No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins. You will cause a device to be prepared without unnecessary delay with a motto expressing in the fewest and tersest words possible this national recognition. It was found that the Act of Congress dated January 18, 1837, prescribed the mottoes and devices that should be placed upon the coins of the United States.”

Pollock suggested “Our Trust Is In God,” “Our God And Our Country,” “God And Our Country,” and “God Our Trust.” Chase picked “In God We Trust.” The motto first appeared on our coins in 1864 and by 1909 it was included on most all coins. During the height of the cold war, on July 11, 1955, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Public Law 140 making it mandatory that all coinage and paper currency display the motto.

In God We Trust: The Motto

The National Anthem is usually sung with only the first verse. The last stanza of the The Star-Spangled Banner, written by Francis Scott Key in 1814 and later adopted as the national anthem, contains a variation of the phrase which became our motto; “…And this be our motto: In God is our trust. And the Star Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.” The words were shortened to In God We Trust.

Urban Legends: Removing The Motto From Our MoneyIn God We Trust - Faith and Facts

New US dollar coins are being designed without the motto, “In God We Trust.”

According to Snopes.com this legend is FALSE. The motto is inscribed on the edge of the coin but is not omitted.

Conclusion

President Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time” and asked ‘Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are of God?’”

The Bible says:
It is better to trust the LORD than to put confidence in man” (Psalm 118:8).

It is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works” (Psalm 73:28 NKJV).

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64 Responses to “Should We Keep "In God We Trust"?”

  1. i have signed petitions for this measure to stand. But, looking back, and spending time in prayer, I just keep remembering the that Jesus through the all of the peddlers and money changers out of the Temple of our God.

    I think there can be a parallel drawn between the two. Perhaps God’s name is too precious to be tossed around so cerefully on a bunch of coins and paper money.

    This is what has come to me in deep thought and prayer concerning this. I now believe it is a mistake to use God’s name in this manner. His name is much too righteous and important to be placed on money.

    Sincerely,
    Jackie:-)

  2. i have signed petitions for this measure to stand. But, looking back, and spending time in prayer, I just keep remembering that Jesus through all of the peddlers and money changers out of the Temple of our God.

    I think there can be a parallel drawn between the two. Perhaps God’s name is too precious to be tossed around so carelessly on a bunch of coins and paper money.

    This is what has come to me in deep thought and prayer concerning this. I now believe it is a mistake to use God’s name in this manner. His name is much too righteous and important to be placed on money.

    I re-submitted this due to so many errors while I was typing so fast. Please forgive again if there are more. but, I am typing very quickly!

    Sincerely,
    Jackie:-)

  3. I personally believe that the phrase should be removed from American money. The reason? I believe that it cheapens the concept of true belief in God. A parallel would be how everyone identifies ‘love’ with their car, sex, drugs, music, hamburgers, etc. They may properly LIKE these things, but true ‘love’ is reserved for other people and God. After awhile the overuse of a word or phrase weakens the true meaning of the term. The entire world, especially Americans, knows that America doesn’t trust in God. Oh there are some who do, but the nation as a whole believes in money, power and independence from anything they don’t like.

  4. I think it should stay…why? Because we keep taking God out of EVERYTHING and soon we won’t be able to find Him anywhere except in the hearts of those who have chosen to keep Him. I think having Him on money is a quick reminder that He’s still in charge…of our finances, our lives, our world. I think too many times we use “let’s not toss God out there on EVERYthing and cheapen His name” is the easy way out…it’s easier to agree with the few that want Him out of EVERYTHING than it is to stand up for what is right and to keep Him in as many places as we can.

  5. I agree with Val Yoakum, we are letting all too many victories go to the Godless masses that try are trying to remove any mention of God in anything. Yes I believe in separation of church and state, but freedom of religion does not equal freedom from the will of God. Our founding fathers, for the most part, where God fearing men that founded this country on their faith. All you have to do is read history and the writings of these great men to see just how much God influenced the formation of this country. Many of these men were preachers and ministers!
    Rather than remove “In God We Trust” maybe we should add “In mammon and man we don’t”

  6. I don’t need that phrase on our money, or a rock in a courthouse in Alabama, or anywhere else. My “Trust” in God is dependent on me, and no public “idols” are going to make it any greater, or any less.

    Diversion away from the missions field…

    Satan uses issues like this to divide the Church, just like abortion and homosexuality. This infighting serves only one master…

    The Prince of the Power of the Air…

    Public displays do not save peoples souls. The Gospel of Jesus Christ, and His dying on the Cross does it through the softening of the heart by the Holy Spirit.

    No more, no less.

  7. Not all references to God are about you and your personal belief. Sometimes its about reminding unbelievers of the existence of God and bringing to the attention of the non-practicing believer the presence of God. Our nation’s founding was based on Biblical principals and our founding fathers generally agreed that without God, our system of self rule would not stand. We are now seeing the truth of this perception being born out. Every time God is removed from some emblem, some forum, some integral part of America, that part of America soon goes into dysfunction or outright enmity toward God. Check the school system from 1963, check the court system from 1947, etc., I will sign this petition and I will loudly advocate for the continued presence of every reference to God in every area of government and its various arms. The separation clause was added by the Congress more than 150 years after the founding of this, the greatest experiment ever. The legislature and the courts are wrong on so many levels concerning this ruling. Without the self discipline religion and especially Christianity brings to each individual, the general opinion can be swayed to any foolish idea. To wit: multi-culturalism valuing separate identities rather than separate origins, equality in wealth rather than opportunity, equality in authority rather than in speech, and on, and on… I themed my blog on use of judgment to specifically combat some of these foolish notions. The anti-wisdom mantras being fed to our children in state run schools are disarming our children from their common sense. You shouldn’t judge people. Your truth is not my truth. All religions are equal. These suggestions go unexamined by the college graduate but if anyone takes two minutes to think them through, they’re obviously idiotic ideas. Why is this allowed? Because God has blinded those who reject Him. Please don’t let the legislature kick God out of our monetary system. Who knows what idiocy will follow.

  8. I am not a Christian and I have a real problem with removing ‘In God We trust’ from our money. While I wouldn’t vote to ADD the phrase today, the act of scrubbing it from our currency is a real slap in the face to most Americans. And it should be.

    Even if we value a separation of church and state, it’s hard to see this as a violation of that. It does not push a particular church. Instead, the use of “God” underscores our similarities more than it endorses any particular faith. How many dissimilar faiths can identify with that phrase? It seems to me that nearly all faiths practiced in the US could.

    We also do not have a separation between HISTORY and state. People can quibble about whether or not to use the phrase “Christian Nation,” but it is simply dishonest to say that US history is not rich with Christian influence. The reach of its teachings in the US is no different today, either.

    Christianity is a big part of our country. To scrub our currency of “In God We trust” feels too much like a denial of that fact. It feels like an attack on people of faith, for no apparent reason. You don’t have to be a Christian to be turned off by that idea.

  9. I think no matter how chaotic things could get, it helps that even in the currency or a single penny you don’t lose that faith in God as a country.

  10. Although a Canadian citizen and not directly affected by this matter, I have to comment that this is yet another example of “political correctness” gone mad.

    Are there NO other problems left unsolved in the world to worry about ? Why don’t the people who beat their chests saying that this is forcing religion down their throats move to a middle eastern country and let us all know how that works out for them? Or perhaps move to China and try surfing the internet for information on Tianamen Square … the examples are endless. The point is, in North America we have it pretty good. I leave you alone to live your life and worship how/if you want and all I ask is the same. And besides, if you’re using paypal, a credit card, debit card or cheques for all your purchases anyways, what the heck does it matter !

  11. I think it serves as a REMINDER that our forefathers believed God existed and that He was the basis of this wonderful new country. I say “Keep it.”

  12. I think it should stay right were it is at. We have removed God from so many things already and it has done a great disservice to this country. We were founded in God and in God we trust. Period.

  13. I think it should stay right where it is at. We have removed God from so many things already and it has done a great disservice to this country. We were founded in God and in God we trust. Period.

  14. “Should the motto “In God We Trust” be removed from U.S. currency?”

    We need to remember “In God We Trust” in whatever we do and where ever we go.

    Leave it where it is as we carry with us where ever we shall tread.

    These are no doubt dark and trying times and we require His Strength and Blessings to carry us through. Without it we are lost.

  15. If we don’t trust in God, who do we trust in ?

    of couse we have faith in ourselves, but without God imho, we have nothing.

    This is a great blog and a great post.
    I bought an ad because I believe in this message.

    Keep It Comin, Please
    and GOD BLESS YOU !

  16. The way the economy is going that might be the only thing left.

  17. Indeed Harrison. Thanks

  18. I think it should NOT be taken away there. If we just look and think in a profound way, the message is that even how small your money in your pockets , even how small the chances are in your life, even how small the possibilities of the things that you are praying to happen. “In God we Trust”. Rejoice and just put our trust in Him, and God will work in ways that we cannot see, in His most perfect time. :-)

  19. Keep In God We Trust

    Our national motto and what it was the founding principle of America – we should return to it and return to our constitution. America needs the help of God at this time – The politicians in control are killing our country.

  20. I was glad to see that the poll is so far in favor of Keeping it on our money.

    We (as a people) have pretty much taken God out of everything…how far do we really need to go with that?

    And when we take God out of our lives this way, non-believers sit around and wonder why the world is falling apart.

    DUH! It’s because they chose to leave God out of EVERYTHING!

  21. I think we should keep that, we should always trust in the Lord no matter what.

  22. In God we trust has been on our currency for a very long time! There is no need to spend a lot of money to have all money changed!
    The amount of people against this compared to the amount of people for this is such a ridiculous ratio we shouldn’t even be considering this. The amount of christians in this Great Nation out numbers the aitheists so by majority rule we should keep “In God we Trust”
    Our Great Nation has been blessed by our wonderful and ever loving God, and to pay him back we are going to take his name completely out of everything we do!!!
    I strongly urge our representitives, and our president to vote against this. God made our country great and he will continue to make it great.

  23. Absolutely! American was founded on the principle of religious freedom and the opportunity to worship freely. Acknowledging that truth is not the creation of religion.

  24. NOPE!

  25. I think we should. Even though I don’t go to church much, I think we still need to admit there is a God.

  26. I’m for keeping it. Just look how much it makes people think and talk about God! I know- they honor Him with their lips but their hearts are far from Him, just like all the people who fight over the ten commandments when most people on BOTH sides can’t even tell you what they are, but the bottom line is that it’s still a good thing.

  27. I think it would be a mistake to remove the phrase. Little by little, all vestiges of all things Christian are being removed from our public lives. I think it’s time we remember instead of forget.

  28. Jackie’s comment “Perhaps God’s name is too precious to be tossed around so cerefully on a bunch of coins and paper money.” is unclear – does she mean carelessly? Otherwise, good research, could it be beefed up a bit? People’s opinions are nice, I guess, but are we seeking consensus or are we seeking what is right? Is it right to honor God by having the motto “In God We Trust” on currency? In Canada I don’t see a reference to God on our coins, and I think our bills also don’t have a reference. Does that mean God isn’t with us? I certainly hope not! But I also admire the fact that this phrase is on American currency and is a reminder that God is with the US, so long as the US remembers God.

  29. I think it should stay right where it is! It’s been there all these years anyway. I think it’s a reminder of what our great nation was founded upon. May we as Christians stand up and take a stand for this!
    Thanks for this post. Yes, I will put it on my blog!
    God Bless You in your Ministry!

  30. If a person is truly a disciple of Christ, there is no one on the face of this earth that can take God out of their life. Our Christian faith is personal, whereas the inscription “In God We Trust” on our currency is more generic. I believe this phrase should stay printed on all our money. Even though most of America has turned its back on God, I still believe this inscriptions speaks silently even to those who don’t believe. After all, they have to have it on their person whether they like it or not. Not everyone has to attend a church service to see or hear the word of God, but carrying God around in one’s purse or wallet is still a good thing. One think I have learned over the years in my Christian walk is that God is and will always be in control of all things no matter how bad we try to mess it up. If America would adhere to 1 Chronicles 7:14 we would once again be thankful for a loving and forgiving Creator who desires to be our one and only true God. I will never forsake Him no matter how bad this country gets. How about you?

    Thank you for this post and I pray God’s continued blessings upon you and yours!

    Friends 4 Life!
    Eddie

  31. Trust in God gives hope to everyone.

  32. To me there it doesn’t matter if “In God We Trust” is on our money or not. It has nothing to do with my faith. I prefer it would stay on our money tho.

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  34. American currency = Christian money

    As an atheist, I am screwed because if I suggested to replace “In God We Trust” with “In Mankind We Trust,” I would be accused of being fatalistic and promoting anarchy.

    I need and want Christian money, so I am willing to overlook “In God We Trust” because I already know that it is not about trusting God – it is about a fatalistic belief that anarchy rules supreme without religion.

    “Religion is the opiate of the masses.” – Marx

    “Christian money is the opiate of the American masses.” – Paotie
    :)

    Paotie

  35. America has taken God out of most of their lives and have passed laws that go against God’s word so they have shown that they do not trust in God they trust in money and man and both have let them down horribly. They have forgotten God so they certainly should not say “In God we trust” because that is hypocracy!

  36. Yes, we should keep In God We Trust. You might want to remove the known liar, Michele Malkin, from your blogroll, though.

  37. Like all things when it comes to God. I believe doing is more important than saying.

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  40. In God we trust. This might also be one of the reasons for dollar recovery, whenever it falls.

  41. Of course this is a loaded question because this is a faith blog, but I would definitely say it should go. God has nothing to do with the United States, no matter what religion any of the framers were. The United States is not a Christian or Abrahamic country. We are a breadbasket.

    We take your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free, and the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

  42. Indeed, we should and we must! No matter how much life messed up, we just have to trust God because at the end it, He has a reason or a lesson that He wants us to learn and remember

    Cheers,
    Meg

  43. We are taking Him out of everything. It makes me so sad. These are scary times we are living in. I truly hope they don’t take this off our currency.

  44. I recently found this interesting ANAGRAM from the motto “In God We Trust” on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bD7Py54mVu8
    mmm… maybe has been always subliminal?

  45. I think we should leave it on, because it is a part of our history. We came to this land for religis freedom, and i’m tierd of people today trying to rewrite history .

  46. Man if you religious peeps put that fervor to work on something constructive, like ending child abuse, you might have something. Instead of worrying about something dumb like whether you’re pushing your religious beliefs down everyones throat ,try ending something that affronts a child’s rights.

    and to the canadian that told me to move to the middle east, just shut up. This is my country why would I move to a country with even more religious freaks.

  47. Get real. This nation is multifaith and not all those faiths believe in one God or call their one deity “God”. If you want freedom of religion to include the ability to have your god on currency, then I want “In Goddess We Trust” or “In the Gods We Trust” printed alongside. Americans have taken God out of their lives? The ignorance and arrogance! You think yours is the only religion that preaches morals? Yours is the only god? My conception of deity is nothing like that of yours. Don’t you dare call me godless just because I don’t call my deity/deities “God” or believe the divine is as represented in your bible, or want your god printed all over my banknotes or have to pledge allegiance to your god when I’m pledging allegiance to this fine country.

  48. We the good/great ole USA need to keep it and get back to what we stand for and say Pledge of Allegiance, Pray, ten commandments, discipline our children, speak English first, and many more. We the people are letting forein countries rule us (USA)

  49. There is a spiritual battle that continues after thousands of years. People that do not recognize God’s existence fear the high standards of religion. The inscription on our coins may seem trivial, yet it is a reminder of our heritage of faith. We must not allow “In God We Trust” to be removed from our coins and currency to appease the very few atheist that exist. In time they will not tolerate religious bumper stickers, t-shirts or public displays of faith.

  50. We should keep it….why you ask? We found this country with God with us. Everything we have done and acomplished God has always been their. Yes we are in tough times and it doesn’t seem like God is on our side but the way us americans have been acting shows we do not at all deserve him and his love for us. Yet his is still right here with us, punishing us for our bad behavior, but you know what? He does not like punishing us but he has to help get through to us. Some people give up on God in rough times, but some others pray more, read their bibles more, and go to church more often. If we take away the quote, we as America will become more rebilious, cruel, and more unfaithful to God. If our four fathers were here today they would be so disappointed to what we have done to something they worked so hard on. Do not destroy this country anymore than what it is become. We need God to help pick America back up.

  51. If it were true in our nation that “In God We Trust”, there would be few SUVs and big-screen TVs, less swearing on television, and more of those pieces of US currency that currently claim that “In God We Trust” making their way to the coffers of United Way and Second Harvest and all the other reputable charitable organizations. We’d find a way to either help our brothers and sisters in Mexico and other countries where those less fortunate than us live or we would welcome refugees into our country with open arms instead of doing everything to make them not feel welcome.

    If it were true in our nation that “In God We Trust:, we’d be respectful of the duly elected President of the United States and welcome him addressing and encouraging the young students of our country instead of turning into a political spectacle. We’d be outraged that a member of the U.S. Congress would stand-up in OUR nation’s Capital building and scream “You liar!” at the duly elected President.

    No, clearly, in God we do not trust.

    Have you noticed that those who use to ask “What would Jesus do?”, don’t ask that question anymore? Perhaps they don’t want to know the real answer.

  52. no you shouldnot remove it. we indians always look at america and say that God is with america .all kinds of people live there but if only the christins live like christians of old then there would be no problems . the greatest problem is too much of freedom.

  53. So many people did not do like Huntly Brown, You can tell his letter is from the Heart.a sincere Christian man. amen and amen. How I wish I could shake this mans hand. I know that will not mean much to a;ot of people~but it should~ I was raised that no is no,yes is yes and a hand shake sealed his word. Sounds like my kind of friend. NOTE!! Huntley said ” I’m a black man, But being a Cheistian is who I am. WOW what a Victory,What vote for our Lord Jesus Christ. Our President has gone back on his word~lied to the public [ remember no PORK and supports abortion Does’t take a person long to figure out who to vote for Right???
    Huntley I do not know how to track down e-mai;s .If you do track mine down This 80 year old whie person, who serbed our country and would again m would be honored. Until CHRIST returns Amen and Amen.

  54. i think it is stupid to take it off.
    i stand by it.
    yall are stupid

  55. There is no God and it was the dragons that created you and i think In God We Truth could be The Dragons we truth

  56. Keeping the faith even if it’s in a material thing like money!

  57. GOD HELP US ALL!!! JESUS I LOVE YOU!!! FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO. I WILL ALWAYS STAND UP FOR YOU.

  58. In god we trust was added in the 1950′s due to Christian efforts to hijack the government.

  59. @Brandon – you should read the article. While it was the result of religious emphasis, the motto was first added during the Civil War.

  60. Hear me out before jumping to conclusions and skipping reading this. As and atheist, I believe in taking God off of the money. BUT! I am proud to live in a country where many people with many different beliefs can live together in harmony. So I say: believe in God or don’t. If you do, wear it on your shirt. Paint your car and house so all know your beliefs. Get a tattoo and show it to everyone you meet, I don’t care. Just respect our rights to not believe and don’t make others use your words. Besides, is it really showing your faith if others who don’t share that faith use it too?

  61. Fantastic content and seriously aids with learning the subject much better.

  62. Personally, it doesn’t matter one way or another. Believers in a God and atheists all use the money. What words are imprinted have absolutely no bearing on how we use the money or how we think about God or no god. Lets pick our battles; this is not one I care to even think about beyond this email.

    BTW – I agree totally with Paotie!

  63. This is a no-brainer. “In God we trust” on our currency and “One nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance are clearly violations of the First Amendment. The only reason one might not realize this, is bias. How would religious people feel if the currency said “In God we don’t trust?” It would feel like a slap in the face, right? That’s how atheists feel. Having the “don’t trust” version vs. the “trust” version are legally identical, because they both consist of the government making a declaration in regard to religious belief. Our government has no business declaring trust in supernatural beings. What we are supposed to trust in as a nation is the power of democracy. Individuals are free to believe in gods or not—that is our personal business, not the business of state. Unfortunately, some admirable Americans who have filed suits to reverse this injustice have been had death threats.

  64. To those of you who say our country was founded on God- it wasn’t. Read the article. The phrase was added to money during the civil war, 100 years after our country was founded. Read some Thomas Jefferson quotes about relgion.