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Thursday, January 3, 2019

One Nation Under God

January 3

(Psalm 2 NIV)  “Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? {2} The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One. {3} “Let us break their chains,” they say, “and throw off their fetters.” {4} The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. {5} Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, {6} “I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill.” {7} I will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father. {8} Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. {9} You will rule them with an iron scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.” {10} Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. {11} Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling. {12} Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”

(Romans 14:11 NIV) “It is written: "'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.'"

(Philippians 2:9-11 NIV) “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, {10} that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, {11} and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

In 1954, the words “Under God” were added to our Pledge of Allegiance and at least rhetorically we became “One Nation Under God”. Then in 1956, much to the chagrin of atheists, the phrase “In God We Trust” was declared to be our official national motto. Whether our nation is really “under God”, or actually trusts in God, has been the topic of great debate for the last fifty years. God must get a kick out of our pathetic arguments, because whether or not we are “under God” is not a matter of debate - at least not for God. We’ve actually been “under God” from the moment of our conception. He is Lord of all things. And when Jesus rides in on His white horse, what we think about whether or not we are “under God” will not matter one bit. We will all kneel in his holy presence. Those who have taken refuge in Him will be blessed. Those who have not will be cursed. Which will it be for you? -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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