World ‘trying to turn its back on God’
President Obama couldn’t make it out to Gettysburg, Pa., for the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address because of a scheduling conflict. He was asked by filmmaker Ken Burns, who was making a documentary on the address, to read and record it. Lincoln wrote several different versions of his address, some contained the words “under God” and some did not. The version chosen for President Obama to read did not have “under God” in it.
Later President Obama gave President Kennedy’s Presidential Medal of Freedom award to Astronaut Sally Ride posthumously. He quoted her as having said, “Girls need role models too. You cannot be what you cannot see.”
Our government, founded by men who learned of God as he was revealed to them in the Bible, needs to refer to God in its functions, and thus reflect the foundation on which our existence is based. President Obama had an excellent opportunity to do this, by choosing to read a version of the Gettysburg Address that contained the words “under God”, instead of reading a version that did not.
“You cannot be what you cannot see.” God used that principle when he sent Jesus in human form, and our government should use it to teach and remind us of not only who we are, but how and why we are here. Not all of us understand this, and if we see and hear from our leaders about what kind of a nation we are and the kind of government that runs it, maybe more of us will be able to come into a reality of what that means, and help our nation to “long endure” in a world seemingly trying to turn its back on God.
What we need are leaders who themselves understand the foundational principles of our country and are willing to acknowledge them.