This morning when I took Gin-G my dachshund outside, I glanced at the license plate on a parked car and read the words “In God we trust”. Immediately my thoughts started flowing. The first thought that came to my mind was that there was not any punctuation at the end of the statement. Depending on the punctuation a person would use could be a revelation of the heart toward God.
In our language punctuation is everything when writing a sentence. Without punctuation, a written statement can mean many things. It also creates confusion. Consider the following statement.
I enjoy cooking my dog and my friends. At first glance, you might want to call the police and the animal rescue squad!
However, by using punctuation the sentence would give you a revelation of the heart. In this case my heart toward what I enjoy. I enjoy cooking, my dog, and my friends! So with that in mind what punctuation would you use at the end of the statement “IN GOD WE TRUST“?
A declarative sentence makes a statement, gives an explanation, conveys a fact, or provides information. An imperative sentence consists of a command, demand, instruction, or request. Both sentences are punctuated with a period. (.)
An exclamatory sentence is a sentence that expresses extreme emotion such as surprise, excitement, fear, or anger. Usually, an exclamatory sentence is punctuated with an exclamation mark. (!)
An interrogative sentence is a question, a request, or a plea for more information. An interrogative sentence is punctuated with a question mark. (?)
Therefore, with the above in mind, what punctuation would you use at the end of the statement “IN GOD WE TRUST“? Would you use a period, question mark, or an exclamation mark?
History of ‘In God We Trust’
The motto “IN GOD WE TRUST” was placed on United States coins largely because of the increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War. “IN GOD WE TRUST” first appeared on the 1864 two-cent coin. Since 1938, all United States coins bear the inscription. The first paper currency bearing the motto entered circulation on October 1, 1957.
A law passed by the 84th Congress and approved by the President on July 30, 1956, declared “IN GOD WE TRUST” would be the national motto of the United States.
Revelation of the Heart Stats
According to a new Pew Research Center survey conducted in December of 2017:
- 56% of all Americans professed faith in God as described in the Bible
- 33% of Americans say they believe in another type of higher power/spiritual force
- 11% of Americans say they don’t believe in God or a higher power of any kind.
Furthermore, the survey specifically showed:
- 80% of Christians professed faith in God as described in the Bible
- 33% of Jews say they believe in God as described in the Bible
- 19% of Christians professed faith in a higher power
- 56% of Jews say they believe in some other higher power
- 1% of Christians don’t believe in any spiritual force
- 10% of Jews don’t believe in any spiritual force
- 72% of the religiously unaffiliated (also known as “nones”) say they believe in a higher power of some kind
So even though the talking heads would have you believe that most do not trust in God, Overall, it seems we do. I wonder what punctuation they would use at the end of the “IN GOD WE TRUST” statement? The greater question is what punctuation would you use? Especially with the year, we have had thus far.
This year many around the world have gone, where no man has gone before. This you may remember is a quote by the Captain of the starship Enterprise from the 1966-1969 television series Star Trek. Many I’m sure would rather be on the starship Enterprise instead of an episode of the Twilight Zone which I previously wrote about in an earlier post.
News articles use words such as unprecedented, convergence, and cataclysmic to describe events that are happening almost daily somewhere in this world.
Then there is the conflicting information released almost daily concerning the COVID virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a social distance of six feet. In other countries, the World Health Organization recommends a little more than 3 feet. German and Australian authorities split the difference. Who do you trust?
Depending on where on the coast you live or visit you may be told not to go to the beach. Well maybe it might be Ok, to walk to the beach, but don’t drive to the beach.
Likewise, we now understand that It’s ok to terrorize and destroy property without wearing masks or worrying about social distancing. However, you cannot sing in churches. Absolutely not! It appears that the satanic forces are pulling out all the stops in our country, and around the world.
Let’s change the word WE to I in the statement In God We Trust. What punctuation would you put at the end? Would you use a period in the end as a statement? Perhaps you may want to use a comma instead and add a conditional statement for your trust.
Multiple Choice – Select one
In God I Trust,
- As long as…
- All the above
Question Mark – In God I Trust?
If we are being honest with ourselves this may be more of a reality. Ask yourself do I really trust Him? Do my thoughts reflect this trust? Moreover, does my behavior reflect this trust?
Do you trust in the Creator God Yahweh or a perhaps a different god? Perhaps the revelation of the heart shows that the god that you trust in is:
- The government
God’s Word States
- 1 Timothy 6:17 – Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God…
- Mark 10:24 – But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!
- Psalm 44:6 – I will not trust in my bow, nor shall my sword save me.
- Psalm 118:8 – It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
- Proverbs 11:28 – He who trusts in his riches will fall...
- Proverbs 29:25 – The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.
Exclamation Point – In God I Trust!
Our loving Creator wants us to use the exclamation mark. Only the exclamation mark as a revelation of the heart will give us the peace that passes all understanding. It’s imperative as this age draws to a close that we stand firm in our faith and trust in God Almighty, the Creator of all! The return of Jesus draws ever closer.
If you are like me, there may be times when you use all the various forms of punctuation after In God I Trust.
However, we can not afford to be on the fence. You and I will either trust Him or we won’t! We will either stand with Him and upon Him or We will fall without Him. We may not understand all that is happening around us. Moreover, we may not like what we see occurring. However, GOD IS IN CONTROL AND WE CAN TRUST HIM!
I encourage you to put an exclamation mark at the end of those words today. IN GOD WE TRUST! YES, IN GOD I TRUST!
- 1 Timothy 4:10 – For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.
- Psalm 34:8 – Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
- Job 13:15 – Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.
- Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
- Proverbs 30:5 – Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
- Psalm 9:10 – And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.
- Psalm 28:7 – The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.
Let this be our revelation of the heart!
Be encouraged! Until we meet again, I am, Passionately Loving Jesus, The Anchor of my soul!
If you are not yet a follower of Christ, know that God loves you and is longing for a RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU! It is not a coincidence that you have come across this website and especially this article. God has an awesome plan for your life!