One nation under God…

“…that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain–that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom–and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
– Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address

One nation under God. The phrase evokes strong emotions across the political spectrum and connects our citizens from age to age. And if there was ever a time to rediscover the might of this simple phrase, it’s right now. We find ourselves at a cross roads in our nation’s history and the immense gravity of it all is evident in a growing number of citizens. What does “one nation under God” really mean and can we embody it once again?

According to Newt Gingrich in his book, “Rediscovering God in America,” the term, “under God” was inserted into the Pledge of Allegiance deliberately by Congress in 1954 to draw distinction between the atheistic tyranny of the Soviet Union during the Cold War and a free society whose freedoms were based on the God-given rights of each person. He goes on to note the report from the House of Representatives accompanying the law which asserted: “From the time of our earliest history, our peoples and our institutions have reflected the traditional concept that our nation was founded on a fundamental belief in God.”

This was not the first time such a distinction had been made. General Washington in rallying his troops during the long days of the Revolutionary war often invoked the providence of God in uniting the men in their cause of freedom for the struggling nation. He believed their efforts must be “under God” in order to win against such outrageous odds.

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When a mighty and terrible civil war was ripping our nation apart, a tormented Lincoln visited the blood soaked ground at Gettysburg and spoke words that would resonate in the hearts and minds of Americans for generations to come. He sought a new birth of freedom, under God, where our unique legacy of American freedom and the system of government established to preserve it would not “perish from the earth.”

It is time once again, that this nation, under God, return to its sacred foundations. It’s time to understand and take hold of the reality of American exceptionalism – grounded first and foremost in the understanding that our rights and freedoms come from God, not the government. Americans are quickly coming to realize the enormous chasm between  our nation as it was founded under God and the Left’s vision of a godless America where government is supreme and all powerful. The progressives’ dream of a socialist nation is coming to full fruition under this current president.

It is with this burden that “One Nation Under God” on the radio came into being. Two men – burdened and compelled to do something at this critical juncture – are stepping out to speak out in the name of God and their country. On behalf of the giants on whose shoulders they stand, they desperately want to awaken the might and vigor of a people who long ago slipped into a slumber of mediocrity and passivity.

It was my great fortune to be the first guest on this promising new radio program and it is with great anticipation and hope that I endorse their noble efforts. By tuning in to the show and lending your support in the form of prayer and financial contributions, they can accomplish a great revival in the hearts and minds of our nation’s citizens – that this nation, at a time of absolute dire need – will awaken once again to our deep and abiding belief in a God whose grace, mercy and blessing has enveloped this nation from its earliest days.

Tune in to the show Sunday mornings from 7-9 a.m. CST on 99.7 WTN out of Nashville or on the web via live streaming at www.997wtn.com. You can listen to the last hour of last week’s program (a 45 minute clip without ads) in which I’m the guest by clicking below. The show’s original working name “Our World from a Biblical Perspective” has now been replaced with “One Nation Under God.”
Listen here:  WWTN-Nashville 8_15_10A

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Published in: Weekly posts | on August 20th, 2010 | View Comments

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  • Phil Castillo

    Hi, this is Phil Castillo, one of the host for the radio program “One Nation Under God”. Thanks to Matt Bonner for his kind comments about our radio program on his blog. It is no coincidence that Matt was our first guest in that his “foundations message” from America's founding fathers and their reliance on Biblical Scripture, is our show's foundation. Please stay tune to Matt's post as he will be invited again to share his insight on a future broadcast. I couldn't think of a better way to start this week's show then Lincoln's Gettysburg address. Thanks Matt-Ster for the inspiration!!! For those reading this call in Sunday mornings, 615-787-WWTN, 7:00 – 9:00 am, cuz we want to hear from you!

  • steveofCaley

    Don't hold much stock in Newt Gingrich talking about God.

  • Drew Napier

    Great post this week Matt! I firmly believe the only way we are going to be able to turn this nation around, is by first turning back toward God.

    I listened to your appearance on One Nation Under God last Sunday and it was very good. I would encourage all your readers to tune into the show.

  • admin

    Why is that? Have you read the book? I’d recommend reading the book before you judge Newt’s competence. The book is not about God so much as it is about our foundations in faith and the Judeo-Christian principles that helped build this nation. Newt is one of the premier historians of American history in our nation today – I wouldn’t bet against him…

  • Matt

    Why is that? Have you read the book? I’d recommend reading the book before you judge Newt’s competence. The book is not about God so much as it is about our foundations in faith and the Judeo-Christian principles that helped build this nation. Newt is one of the premier historians of American history in our nation today – I wouldn’t bet against him…

  • Matt

    Thanks for the support and for tuning in! This week's show is going to be awesome. Be sure and tune in the following week as well – the 29th – we will be delving into the Great Awakenings that shaped and ultimately saved this nation. Once again, along the lines of our need for the next great spiritual awakening…

  • steveofCaley

    Newt Gingrich is an uninspiring model for Christianity. He is no more of a good example of a Christian Politician than Marion Berry of Washington DC.

  • Matt

    I don't disagree with you on this, but I've also never seen him advocate or try to appear as a model for Christianity. I see him talking about policies that work and those that don't, but I don't see him putting himself out there as a model Christian politician. I do think that he fully believes in and understands God's place in our settlement, founding and building of America. He does advocate rediscovering this and simultaneously restoring rule of law, vs. rule of man.

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