• Importance of ‘One Nation Under God’ — Back Then and Now

    Surge Summary: Sixty-six years ago, “one nation under God” was added to the Pledge of Allegiance. That generation understood how important was faith in the Creator to the continuance of America. For many decades now, that truth has been neglected in American society – and the current chaos of looting and rioting shaking the country bears witness to the consequences of that lamentable development.

    by Gary Bauer

    On February 7, 1954, Rev. George M. Docherty, pastor of New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., delivered his most important sermon.  It was written for Lincoln Day, and President Dwight Eisenhower was seated with his wife in the same pew that Abraham Lincoln regularly occupied.

    Docherty preached about America and freedom.  He recalled his children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance one day, and it occurred to him that the pledge could be said by the children of any country, even those in the Soviet Union.

    Docherty felt it was missing something central to the meaning of America:  the words “under God,” which were so important to Abraham Lincoln that he added them to the Gettysburg Address.

    President Eisenhower was so moved that he went back to the White House determined to see the words added to the pledge.  Within days, there were resolutions pending in both the House and the Senate.  Eisenhower signed the legislation adding “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance on Flag Day, June 14, 1954.

    What we’re seeing now in the streets of dozens of American cities is what happens when you teach a country’s youth that there is no God, and that the country of their birth is evil.

    When you teach your children that their country is noble and worth defending, young men and women line up to defend it when war breaks out.  But when you teach them it is evil, you get mobs determined to bring the nation to its knees.

    Please join Carol and me in praying for the president, the vice president and our state and local leaders.  In the next 48 hours, major decisions will be made, and statements will be delivered.  They need to be exactly right in their tone and purpose.

    Please pray for God’s wisdom and healing upon our land.  Urge your pastors, priests and rabbis to speak up and lead their congregations in prayer and reconciliation.  As President Trump said this weekend, “Healing, not hatred; justice, not chaos are the mission at hand.”

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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