Carol Marie Humphreys
Doctor of Theology
in Christian Psychology
ONE NATION UNDER GOD
I have a Doctor of Theology in Christian Psychology, and also spent over 7-1/2 years researching and writing on the
origins of religions. My work is as an Individual, Couples and Family Counselor. So, most of the articles I write are about improving communication, enriching relationships,
or regarding the research I have done. However, things in the news lately have
been so disturbing to me that I am putting myself out on a limb here into a volatile subject.
It is not easy to write something that will undoubtedly gain me adverse reactions!
But, I feel so strongly about this matter that I feel it is really vital to share!
This nation has become so politically correct and so sensitive to the
beliefs of others that it seems many are also willing to do this to the exclusion of standing up for their own beliefs, or
how this nation was founded. While I believe in being sensitive to others, there
is certainly a line we need to draw as to when it is sensitivity and when it is giving up our own ethics!
As most of the citizens of this country know, a court in California which
covers most of the west coast states, recently ruled that children in public schools could no longer recite the Pledge of
Allegiance because it has the words Under God in it and this is not going along with separation of church and state. This has come thankfully under much fire and the ruling is on hold for the moment.
(I am proud of our nations leaders for going outside and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance emphasizing Under God)! But now, the same person who challenged the Pledge of Allegiance is trying to get the words So help
me God stricken from the oath of office that the new President takes when he comes into office.
I also noticed that in a news interview with people on the street most
felt that if these words in the Pledge of Allegiance insulted the beliefs of others, Under God should be removed! This was very disturbing to me! If this happens, how long
will it be before we can no longer sing God Bless America or America, the Beautiful The Star-Spangled Banner, America, etc.
because they speak of God? How long before the dollar bills In God We Trust are
Separation of church and state was initiated by our forefathers in this country to prevent any one religion from ruling others as it had for over a thousand years!
This was also to prevent the government from running any part of religions! This
was not to prevent this nation from having God as its foundation! I certainly
believe in the separation of church and state in that I do not want the state making any rule regarding the conscience of
religion, or any religion doing the same. But I do not believe in throwing God
out of state to uphold it!
The word God is the broadest, most all-encompassing, yet least specific word that covers our concept of God. This can be used for many different religious beliefs of God, and perhaps this is why the founders of our
country used other words to describe Him in addition or other than God such as Divine Providence, Sovereign, and Redeemer
as a few examples.
I have had people tell me that there are so many differences in the way people think of God that perhaps my God and
their God are different, so we shouldnt use God. They say that since the founders
of our country made some other mistakes, we should not continue just because they made these decisions. Well, we cant please all the people all of the time! We are
free to think of God in the manner in which we believe in Him, or free to NOT believe in Him.
What I do NOT want is to be forced into leaving Him out, either! Do you
see? We who believe in God wish to continue to allow freedom as God has allowed
us! He does not force anyone to follow His way, but the people who do not believe
in God want to force us to leave Him out!
I am thankful that people who are Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, even atheists are allowed to live in this country and be
free to pursue the dictates of their own consciences. They are also free to sing
other songs, not say the words Under God if they do not want! But, I resent them
trying to change the history of our country! I resent them trying to change what
this country has always stood for a country that was founded upon principles and morals of God! I resent them being allowed under the guise of popularity or promoting sensitivity to have other religious
aspects promoted in our schools when the God this country was founded upon is not! I
resent them trying to PREVENT me from saying Under God, etc.!
This nation was founded mostly by those who believe in the God of Heaven. They
never meant to exclude God or they would not have put Him so prevalently into our society!
They spoke readily and with great appreciation of God! But, they wanted
all people to be able to worship as their conscience dictates - freely! It does
NOT mean that we CATER to other religions, or EXCLUDE God from our nation because others believe differently!
I would not go into India and insist that Brahma, Shiva, and Vishnu be taken out of prominent places in that country
because I am a Christian and that is insensitive to my beliefs to have these prominently displayed! While India and the USA are very different countries in the way the government is set up, hopefully the
point is made our country was founded, not on any religion, but on God! We should
not allow political correctness to take God out of a country that was set up to include Him!
If we let the atheists convince our courts to go along with what is being
asked, soon the dollar will be revamped to exclude God perhaps they will want In political correctness we trust or In everything
[or nothing] we trust.
Have you noticed that every other belief except that of the God of Heaven seems to be accepted? They are brought into the schools and other areas under the guise of cultural sensitivity or exercises
but in fact are either full of religion, or tied into it. However, the minute
the Bible, God or Jesus are brought up, these are met with a reaction that is not only negative, but sometimes filled with
anger! We are told in 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary
the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. Do you
see this happening? I certainly do! He
is using anger, humiliation, whatever he can to attempt to weaken the faith. Satan
is crafty trying to make it seem as if we who argue against these things are being insensitive, fanatical, unreasonable, almost
as if WE are lacking in moral fiber for trying to force our beliefs upon others, when in fact they are trying to force ours
out and their own agenda in.
If there is any question that our country WAS founded upon God, please allow me to share some quotes from our forefathers
Id like to start with a portion of the Declaration of Independence When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary
for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the
earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the
opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit
of Happiness. Note Natures God and their Creator.
On July 2, 1776, when the vote was taken to declare independence, Samuel
Adams said: We have this day restored the Sovereign, to whom alone men ought
to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting sun, may
His kingdom come.
In John Quincy Adams speech commemorating the Declaration of Independence
on July 4, 1837, he said: the Declaration of Independence first organized the
social compact on the foundation of the Redeemers mission (I)t laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts
While not all people in this country were Christians when the Declaration
of Independence was signed in fact it was about 2/3, the rights of the non-Christians were guaranteed as well. They always have been! That does not change the fact that
the country WAS founded upon principles of God and Christianity!
Perhaps the challenges to the foundation of this country have been made
throughout time, but never have the attacks been as prevalent as in the last 40-50 years.
History has seemingly been changed in the eyes of many so that Id be surprised if you had heard all the following quotes! But, when you finish reading them, I hope that while you will still allow anyone their
right to their own choices of conscience, perhaps those who do believe in the God of Heaven will stand up and say: No, we do not want our history changed we do not want others to prevent our right to have God in our country
just because it might hurt someone elses sensitivities. Life is such that not
everything is going to go our way! I certainly do not advocate insulting others,
or ever saying something to intentionally hurt or harm another!!! But, I WILL
stand up for what I believe in, whether others like it or not!
Here are some more quotes -
"It cannot be emphasized to strongly or to often that this great nation was
founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ!" [sic] Patrick Henry
I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. Thomas Jefferson
Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation
to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent it in heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it. John Adams
"It is the duty of nations ... to recognize the sublime truth announced in
the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed, whose God is the Lord." Abraham Lincoln
"All societies of men must be governed is some way or other. Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either
by a power within them, or by a power without them; either by the word of God, or by the strong arm of man; either by the
Bible or by the bayonet." Robert Winthrop
"Can the liberties of a nation be sure when we remove their only firm basis,
a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with
His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just and that His justice cannot sleep forever." Thomas Jefferson
"I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessing on this house (the White House) and on all that shall hereafter inhabit
it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof!" John Adams (Oh,
would he roll over in his grave if he knew what was to come)!
It is now true that this is God's Country, if equal rightsa fair start and an equal chance in the race of life are
everywhere secured to all." Rutherford B. Hayes
The Mayflower Compact said: for the Glory of God and for the advancement
of the Christian faith.
"It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially, a Bible reading people.
The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom." Horace Greely
All must admit that the reception of the teachings of Christ result in the
purest patriotism, in the most scrupulous fidelity to public trust, and in the best type of citizenship. Grover Cleveland
It must be felt that there is no national security but in the nations humble, acknowledged dependence upon God and
His overruling providence. Franklin Pierce
"The foundation of our society and our government rests so much on the teachings
of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal
in our country." Calvin Coolidge
The first written constitution in American was the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut which said: The Word of God requires that to maintain the peace and union of such people, there should be an orderly
and decent Government established according to God.
"... education is useless without the Bible." Noah Webster
The New England Confederation of May 19, 1643 said: advance the kingdom
of our Lord Jesus Christ and to enjoy the liberties of the Gospel in purity with peace.
Regarding education of children, John Locke said: "There ought very early
to be imprinted on his mind a true notion of God, as the independent Supreme Being, Author and Maker of all things, from whom
we receive all our good, and who loves and gives us all things... (T)he Lord's prayer, the creeds, and Ten Commandments, tis
necessary he should learn perfectly by heart."
The Rhode Island Charter of 1683 began with: "We submit our persons, lives and estates unto our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, to all those
perfect and most absolute laws Hes given to us in His Holy Word."
One of the rallying cries of the American Revolution was No King but King Jesus.
George Washington stated: "To
the distinguished character of a Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of a Christian."
"How has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly
appealing to the Father of Lights to illuminate our understanding. In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain when
we were sensible to danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard and they
were graciously answered... I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this
truth - that God governs in the affairs of men. And, if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable
that an empire can rise without His aide? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings that, 'except the Lord build the
house, they labor in vain that build it.' ... I firmly believe this ... I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth, prayers
imploring the assistance of heaven and its blessing on our deliberation be held in this Assembly every morning." (Voluntary
daily prayers were instituted thereafter) Benjamin Franklin
For my own part, I sincerely esteem it a system which without the Finger of God, never could have been suggested
and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests. Alexander Hamilton
"No people can be found to acknowledge and adore the invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the
people of the United States... We ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected
on a Nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right Heaven itself ordained." (Inaugural Address of George Washington,
April 30, 1789)
This is quite lengthy, but hopefully you now have a good idea of the intents of our countrys leaders throughout this
nations history to reject religious rule, but be founded upon God! There IS a
huge difference! And, whether others like it or not, this is history! This is OUR history! Lets stand up and prevent our history
from being changed! Lets stand up for GOD!