Summary: The only way America will ever once again be defined by the words “In God We Trust” is for the people of God to choose to live out their faith in society.
IN GOD WE TRUST
(The second in a sermon series from Matthew 12 called “Words We Live By”)*
Sermon Objective: The only way America will ever once again be defined by the words “In God We Trust” is for the people of God to choose to live out their Biblical Faith in society -- in front of other people.
We are continuing a sermon series from Matthew 12 called “Words We Live By.” Many creeds, pledges, and mottoes have shaped our country, as well as its individual citizens. In many instances the words convey uplifting and presumably timeless messages. They play an important role in creating a national identity -- in shaping a national consciousness – an ethos. They operate behind the scenes as a moral compass and a driving force.
In our last sermon we looked at the statement on the Statue of Liberty: “GIVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR, YOUR HUDDLED MASSES YEARNING TO BREATHE FREE, THE WRETCHED REFUSE OF YOUR TEEMING SHORE. SEND THESE, THE HOMELESS, TEMPEST-TOST TO ME, I LIFT MY LAMP BESIDE THE GOLDEN DOOR!” We saw that the Church embodies those words in our spirit of mercy and compassion just as Jesus suggested in Matthew 12:7; “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.”
You are familiar with these “Words We Live By.” They are found on monuments, federal buildings, official documents, and currency the nation over. Some, which we will not be able to look at are:
• “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.” (The Preamble of the Declaration of Independence)
• “I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people; . . . a democracy and a republic; a sovereign nation of many sovereign states; a perfect union, … established on the principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. (The American Creed. Adopted by the House of Representatives On April 3, 1918)
• “The salvation of the state is the watchfulness of the people.” (The Nebraska State Capitol)
There are others I’ll mention in coming weeks.
Speaking of coming weeks. Two that give light to the words of Jesus in Matthew 12, and which we will look at in the next two weeks are:
• “Till Death Do Us Part” (vv. 33-37 )
• “E Pluribus Unum” (vv. 46-50 )
All of these are “Words We Live By” which can illuminate the “WORDS we live by” -- namely Jesus Christ’s.
Today we will find “Words We Live By” from Matthew 12:15-21.
15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed him, and he healed all their sick,
16 warning them not to tell who he was.
17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.