What’s ahead for our nation in this New Year? Unfortunately, there are many signs indicating the downward spiral is far from over. I’m afraid things will continue to turn for the worse because our nation is no longer one nation under God.
By Barbara Case Speers
Ahh, the new year of 2020 … what should we as Catholic Christians expect?
July 30, 1956, former president, Dwight D. Eisenhower approved putting “In God We Trust” on currency. 63 years later, our political forces are pushing to have GOD REMOVED from currency. Caleb Parke, Fox News stated this on June 11, 2019, “The Supreme Court rejected an atheist case Monday to remove “In God We Trust,” the national motto, from all coins and currency from the Department of Treasury. Michael Newdow, the same activist attorney who tried to remove “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, lost his case, arguing Congress’ mandate to inscribe “In God We Trust” on currency was a government endorsement of religion and a violation of the First Amendment. Newdow argued in his petition to the Supreme Court that because his clients are all atheist individuals or atheist groups, the government violated their “sincere religious belief” that there is no God and turned them into “political outsiders” by placing the phrase ‘In God We Trust’ on their money.”
Thankfully, the Supreme Court maintained the Nation’s motto, “One Nation Under God.” The question is, however, when will the next attack come and will the results be reversed?
Legally, you can say any nasty-devilish curse word you want, the more the better even out of the mouths of babes on the movie screen as adults chuckle, but say the word GOD and politicians gasp. Social media groupies, along with the CEO’s of these digital platforms will call you a “hater” and push for you to be banned from digital devices or perhaps the threat of being thrown in the slammer! Christians are told to tone down our religion or else.
Christians, when God is removed from our nation – think about this … who will take GOD’S place?
Why is our nation so divided? Why are we trotting after the secular world afraid of what they may/will call us if we aren’t “politically” correct? Doesn’t this sound like free time, when we played on the school playground after lunch, taunted by bullies? Why have good (godly) deeds been deemed as evil? And, we stand idly by as the bullies berate us? This is an important/relevant concern of our time.
Romans 8:31: What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Instead, we were/are spiritually complacent and turned the other way. Ergo, the problems metastasized. If you think Satan isn’t waging war against Christians (all Christians), check out the assortment of satanic goods you can buy on the internet from Amazon or Wal-Mart. Don’t forget the children’s books teaching youngsters about demons and spells.
At the moment, we have a pro-life president, yet only one pro-life organization has honored Trump. WHY?
There has never been an openly pro-life president. CATHOLICS – why isn’t the USCCB giving President Trump an award for his efforts for stopping financial aid for abortions overseas, governmentally defunding Planned Parenthood, and trying to halt murder in the first degree? “In most states, first-degree murder is defined as an unlawful killing that is both willful and premeditated, meaning that it was committed after planning or “lying in wait” for the victim (criminal.find law.com)”. Albeit, the President is mocked, ridiculed, or told he isn’t dancing to the tune of social justice according to Pope Francis, some cardinals, some bishops, and even some of our local parish priests who have embraced the political agenda of the Democratic Party, the bullet points of the USCCB’s General Assembly, November, 11, 2019.
Yes, the Democratic venue has relevant/pertinent social issues of our day that must be addressed with doable solutions, BUT the laundry list is missing the Cornerston of Humanity … DIGNITY OF LIFE.
Dignity of Life is not on the Democratic ballot. Why? The Democratic Party endorses the murdering of babies; not in those words, but rather smooth ideologies/philosophies/rhetorical babble endorsing the annihilation of these human victims. With New York getting ready to endorse Physician Assisted Suicide, the proverbial envelope has now hit the floor. Catholics, we believe we are created in the image of God. God knows us at the moment of conception (Jeremiah 1:4-5, Isaiah 49:5). Life begins at conception.
Then God said: Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the tame animals, all the wild animals, and all the creatures that crawl on the earth. God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1: 26-27)
Dignity of Life surpasses all problems and should head every Catholics’ list of what to expect from their government.
BUT…our shepherds are rearranging this list, otherwise they would have courageously said, “Thank you, President Trump for your dedication on preserving Dignity of Life, which starts with the unborn.”
Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy shown us, we are not discouraged. Rather, we have renounced shameful, hidden things; not acting deceitfully or falsifying the word of God, but by the open declaration of the truth we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even though our gospel is veiled, it is veiled for those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that they may not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for the sake of Jesus. For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of [Jesus] Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:1-6)
Back to the question – WHY IS OUR NATION SO DIVIDED?
Because we have become a country where more people are worshiping and serving the created (Satan or Self) and not the Creator. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil as you did in Jude 1:9. Time to put on our spiritual glasses because this war is not over. Sadly, it has just begun. We are no longer one nation under God, the Father Almighty!
As a writer, I paint a black and white canvas using words, presenting spiritual points to ponder, even if it is just for me! My goal is to bring us closer to the Will of God in our lives, encourage an intimate relationship with Jesus, Mary, and all the saints.