Nation under God”
From whence does “Under God” originate, and what does it mean? Webster’s Dictionary sheds light on the meanings for the word “under,” as follows:
in a position down from; below; lower than;
From the above, it is clear that “One Nation under God” means: a nation in subjection to, under the direction, guidance, instruction, influence, sanction, protection and authority of God’s Word — the Holy Scriptures being God’s voice to man.
A most serious dilemma prevails in America at the present time —one which threatens her very survival — nay, existence — as a sovereign nation. That is, the ACLU’s case with the U.S. Supreme Court, demanding that “Under God” be expunged from the nation’s Pledge of Allegiance.
This ACLU attack traces its source to the organization’s hidden agenda, its policies targeting every vestige of America’s Christian heritage, inherent in her history, culture, civilization, symbolism, art, artifacts, inscriptions, traditions; her way of life “under God” being the nation’s anchor and strength. The goal of the ACLU is to strip America of her sovereignty and freedoms — a gift from God — as the Declaration of Independence so boldly proclaims.
The American Civil Liberties Union (alias the ACLU’s) hidden agenda (Policy No. 84) calls for the removal of “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance (to the U.S. Flag) and the Republic for which it stands.
The above represents a direct affront to Abraham Lincoln, whose phrase “this
nation under God” in his famed Gettysburg Address, orchestrated Dwight D.
Eisenhower’s Act of Congress in 1954, establishing permanently “One Nation
under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
The Origin of “under God”
The origins of “under God” stem from the Mayflower Compact, a charter drawn up and signed on November 11, 1620 by the Pilgrims, electing their own officers, and binding themselves to work together “for the advancement of the Christian faith, for the glory of God, solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God and one another” covenanting and combining themselves together into a civil body politic, for their better ordering and preservation, and furtherance of the ends aforesaid…
Having been blown off-course by a mighty thunderstorm, they were no longer under the First Jamestown Charter; nor were they under the monarchy — but simply “under God,” that is, under His authority. From this simple mutual agreement, took form the first American Common-wealth, the beginning of “government of the people, by the people, for the people.”
The Declaration of Independence, authored by Thomas Jefferson and signed by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, reiterates this eternal truth: that God created each American citizen equal (i.e. before birth) and gave each person as a gift, certain unalienable rights (i.e. they cannot be removed), because, wrote Jefferson, these rights were bestowed upon each citizen by Almighty God before birth, i.e. life, liberty and the freedom to pursue happiness:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men… And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.
Many years later, Abraham Lincoln, who based his two presidencies upon the Declaration of Independence, reiterated this eternal Truth pertaining to the American Republic in his famed Gettysburg Address, a two-minute, profound speech, dedicating the new cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863. Lincoln commences with Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence, and concludes with the assertion that “this nation under God” shall have a new birth of freedom (i.e. the nation would be under the authority of His Word, after the curse of slavery — an offense against God — had been removed from American soil):
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal… we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
Lincoln was the first president to use these meaningful and compelling words “this nation under God” in reference to America, denoting dependence upon Almighty God, her Benefactor and Sustainer.
his death in 1865, each year, on the Sunday preceding February 12, a “Lincoln
Day Observance Service” is held at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church,
his parish church, situated just two blocks from the White House.
In 1954, Dwight Eisenhower was in attendance with his wife at this
service. So moved was the president
by George Docherty’s sermon entitled “Under God,” taken from Lincoln’s
words, that he initiated action in Congress to have it permanently made a part
of the Pledge of Allegiance (to the Flag):
Sermon preached by
As the State Motto for South Dakota, written by Dr. Joseph Ward, first missionary to the Dakota’s, so aptly reiterates, “Under God the People Rule.” Without God, the people perish.
1 Excerpted from The Christian Heritage of the 50 United States of America, © 2000 by Catherine Millard.