On June 14, 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed a bill to insert the phrase “under God” into the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance. Two years later, on July 30, 1956, the 84th Congress passed a joint resolution “declaring ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’ the national motto of the United States.” Those decisions codified an unspoken understanding that our elected officials were to function under the higher authority of God.

While those phrases have become an undeniable part of the fabric of our Union, each generation must recommit themselves to that understanding of human government. We must also call on our elected officials to function accordingly.

The scriptures speak of a time when there was no King in Israel, so each man did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 21:25) When human government begins to function as if there is no ultimate King to which they owe obedience and allegiance, each man, each president, each governor, and each mayor begins to do that which is right in their own eyes. When the state doesn’t operate UNDER GOD, the State becomes God. They begin to do what seems right in their own eyes.

They begin to issue Declarations in stark contrast to the revealed will and purposes of the Almighty. When human governments begin to function this way, we must ask ourselves, “What do we ultimately believe?” Do we want to have leaders who do what is right in their own eyes? Or do we want to have leaders who will govern Under God?

Case in point – this Tuesday, November 7th, our Mayor Bean has signaled his intention to declare Nov. 20, 2023, as a Transgender Day of Remembrance. On this day, we are supposed to come together and advocate for the Transgender community. We are to be educated about the transgender community… wait, what? Educated? Who is doing the educating? What is their standard of truth?

I suppose the goal is that we are all to gather under the rainbow flag over city hall and bow down when the Shofar sounds. I don’t think so… In fact, there is no such thing as transgenderism. There are men and women, caught up in the cords of their own sin and iniquity, who have allowed their hearts and minds to become so warped that they call right wrong, darkness light, and a man a woman.

There is hope. But that hope is not found by celebrating their journey into the abyss. That hope is found by calling them, our city officials, our churches, and our citizens to remember that we are all one city under God.

We must humble ourselves, ask Him to do a miracle and deliver these precious souls from the curse of transgenderism and bring them into a right relationship with their Creator, the King Jesus Christ. That would be a day to remember.

1 Comment
  • Roy Whitt
    Posted at 16:06h, 04 November Reply

    Pastor Zach Terry’s succinct recount of our responsibilities under God and the expectation that the government submit to the authority of our supreme creator is extremely well articulated,

    As children of God, we’re instructed to love our neighbor as ourselves. So, clearly Christians love all people. We’re all sinners in need of support from friends and community. But, we must not support and encourage that which is contrary to God’s teaching.

    Kudos to Pastor Zach for taking such a clear stand against the misguided human construction of transgenderism.

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