“So Help You God?”
This week, news headlines tell of lawmakers proposing to remove the words “so help you God” from the oath that witnesses are required to take before providing testimony at the House Committee. We all act shocked. But are we really? This isn’t the first time and it won’t be the last that someone has tried to remove the name of God from public utterances or displays. Maybe you’re outraged by this. You feel helpless as the name of God slowly disappears from society.
It is possible that we may live to see a world that is void of references to God.
But if my money or my license plate no longer says “In God We Trust” does that mean that I will no longer trust in God?
If I’m sworn in under oath and I don’t have to say the words “so help me God” does that mean that the words of my mouth are no longer a testimony before my God?
If the Ten Commandments aren’t hanging in my courthouse does that mean I don’t have to follow them anymore?
If I cannot pray out loud in school does that mean I can no longer pray in silence?
“They” may remove references to God from our money, from our courthouses, from our schools, and from our government. But, they cannot remove Him from ME or YOU. And therefore, they cannot remove Him from this nation. He will continue to influence the world around us IF we continue to be His hands and feet. He will continue to be made known, IF we continue to make Him known. So whatever may come, do not feel helpless, my friend. You are not. You have a mission. A mission to make Him known. The opposition is strong. The battle is raging. But rest assured, you are on the winning team.
“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. Those people belong to this world, so they speak from the world’s viewpoint and the world listens to them. “ 1 John 4:4-5 (NLT)