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In God We Trust?

by William J. Federer

On March 3, 1931, Congress adopted “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the National Anthem.

Written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812, the 4th verse includes the lines:

“O thus be it ever when free men shall stand,
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation;
Blest with victory and peace, may the Heaven-rescued land,
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just;
And this be our motto ‘IN GOD IS OUR TRUST’!
And the Star Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave,
Over the land of the free and the home of the brave!”

The ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ stirred patriotism across America, with its 4th verse inspiring the 125th Pennsylvania Infantry to use ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’ as its battle cry at the Battle of Antietam.

During the Civil War, Rev. M.R. Watkinson wrote to the Treasury Department, November 13, 1861, suggesting the recognition of “Almighty God in some form in our coins.”

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Be Careful, Little Hands, What You Type

by Matthew Matsen

There was a time once where writing (or typing) was the preferred medium of communication. It allowed for complete thoughts to be articulately drafted, meticulously checked, and then carefully crafted into its final form. Whether it was to simply remove spelling or grammatical issues, or to change the tone or meaning of the finished article, the process was the same; prewrite, draft, edit, publish. This method was preferred rather than relaying information in spoken form, because when speaking, you could not unsay something. Your delivery was instant and raw. If you were angry or disappointed, it was evident, with neither emotional buffer nor ability to assess and re-assess a problem or situation. Although due to the nature of face-to-face communication, there can often be a sense of propriety. As Christians, we should always remember, regardless of the communication medium;

A soft answer turneth away wrath: But grievous words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: But the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

Proverbs 15:1–2

Now we are in the age of social media, the age of instant information, the age of unfettered opinion and the age of unlimited cat videos (no animals were harmed in the writing of this paper!). The game has changed and more and more we are encouraged to put every thought or idea instantly online for everyone to see. Simply opening your email, Twitter, or Facebook, you are bombarded with a multitude of sources of information, all vying for your attention. Linkbait titles that will “literally” blow your mind… Ignore, for the moment, the blatant misuse of adverbs; you are all too often presented with a scintillating title, with an attached photo or video, which often has nothing to do with the article. Its sole purpose is capturing your attention and giving you pseudo-knowledge.

“We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.”

— John Naisbitt

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