by James Merritt

In God We Trust
James Merritt
Proverbs 3:5-6


1. At first glance, I thought it was a great victory. The past week a Federal Appeals Court ruled that the phrase ''In God We Trust'' on a government building, does not violate the separation of church and state. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Richmond, Virginia, ruled on May 13th that the national motto may remain on the facade of a county government building in Lexington, North Carolina.

2. Then listen to what the court has to say and I am quoting Judge Robert King. ''The Fourth Circuit has 'heretofore characterized the phrase 'In God We Trust' when used as the national motto on coins and currency as a 'patriotic and ceremonial motto' with 'no theological or ritualistic impact.'''

3. Quite frankly, if those four words, ''In God We Trust'' have ''no theological or ritualistic impact'' then you could just have easily substituted Mickey Mouse for God.

4. It raises for me a big ''why?'' I don't mind telling you that there are a lot of ''why'' questions that I carry around every day. For example:

* Why are there Interstate highways in Hawaii?
* Why are there floatation devices under plane seats instead of parachutes?
* If a 7-11 is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, why are there locks on the doors?
* Why is it that when you transport something by car it is called a shipment, but when you transport something by ship it is called cargo?
* Think about that little indestructible black box they use on airplanes - why can't they make the whole plane out of that same substance?
* Why is it when you are looking for an address you turn down the volume on the radio?
* Why do they sterilize needles that they use for lethal injections?
* Why did Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
* Why do they call it a tv set when you only get one?
* Why do they lock gas-station bathrooms - are they afraid somebody is going to clean them?

5. I want to raise two questions today. Why should we t ...

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