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In God We Must Trust

'We need our Creator every second of every day'

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A pair of GOP governors are doing their part to turn the tide of a decades-long systematic Marxist movement to remove God from public life by placing God first.

Against an increasingly anti-Christian national backdrop, Republican governor Bill Lee of Tennessee has signed a measure calling for 30 days of prayer and fasting beginning July 1 in the Volunteer State.

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." — 2 Chronicles 7:14

The resolution lists the various miseries afflicting the people of the state. It acknowledges that these tribulations cannot be lifted without, first, the intervention and favor of God.

According to the document, the various sufferings the people of the state are enduring include:

  • violence committed against citizens by citizens and non-citizens

  • violent crime in the schools

  • human trafficking

  • drug addiction overwhelming families, finances and healthcare systems

  • an uncontrollable flow of fentanyl from across the southern border resulting in the daily deaths

  • drunk driving resulting in suffering and death

  • broken families manifested in thousands of children in need of foster care

  • corruption of the federal government

A letter accompanying the document begins with 2 Chronicles 7:14, a verse that resonates throughout the entire resolution: 

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

Governor Lee urges churches across Tennessee's 95 counties to read the resolution aloud during Sunday services on June 30.

It further asks individual citizens to:

  • Examine our lives in light of God's Word and confess of our sins.

  • Acknowledge that we, as the Church, have failed to stand for the principles of God, ask for His Forgiveness and Mercy, and commit to stand firmly on those principles going forward.

Souls and Liberty contacted Tennessee's three Catholic dioceses — Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville — asking if the governor's resolution would be read in Catholic churches on Sunday. Two did not reply (as of publication time), and one said it wasn't aware of the governor's initiative.


In 2023, Tennessee passed another piece of legislation that places God first.

The law, proposed by State Representative John Holsclaw (R-4th District), added the words "In God We Trust" to the state seal. He said the "addition aligns with the deeply rooted faith-based values of Tennessee and will serve as a visual representation of the state's commitment to trust in a Higher Power."

"In God We Trust isn't a meaningless slogan. It's an acknowledgment that we need our Creator every second of every day and that God is sovereign over this land and every land. Most importantly, it's a reminder that Jesus Christ is Lord of all and the Savior of the world." — John Holsclaw

According to the Pew Research Center, Tennessee is the third most religious state in the US, with 73% of residents identifying as "highly religious" and 81% of adults identifying as Christian.

Another pro-Christian initiative occurred elsewhere in the South this week.

In Louisiana, Republican Gov. Jeff Landry signed legislation on Wednesday that requires the Ten Commandments to be displayed on posters in "large, easily readable font" in all public classrooms, from kindergarten to state-funded universities.

"If you want to respect the rule of law, you've got to start from the original lawgiver, which was Moses, who got the commandments from God," Landry said.

State funds will not be used to implement the mandate; instead the posters will be paid for through donations. Even so, the governor is being hit with an onslaught of criticism and lawsuits by atheist and anti-religious factions for his measure.

Proponents argue the law is not merely religious but bears historical significance. They say the Ten Commandments is seen as the fundamental legal code of Western Civilization and the Common Law of the United States

Other state officials, including those in Texas, Oklahoma and Utah, are considering bills requiring the Ten Commandments to be displayed in public classrooms. Threats of legal battles over the measures, however, are halting their progress.



Governors Lee and Landry, and others like them, are pushing back against the removal of God from US public life that began decades ago. From the banning of prayer and Bible-reading in the public schools, to clergy being barred from instructing children on state property, to silencing team prayers before school sporting events – the move to the dark side is evident. The results of removing God from public view have been disastrous.

Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who survived almost a decade of imprisonment inside Communist gulags, explained what happens when people eliminate God from everyday life.

Upon receiving an award in the US in 1983 for his efforts in documenting the horror of the Soviet Revolution, most notably in his almost-2000-page tome The Gulag Archipelago, Solzhenitsyn said:

"I have spent well-nigh 50 years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval.
But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: 'Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened.'"

Tennessee has invited "all those who are physically able and spiritually inclined to do so to join in a thirty-day season of prayer and intermittent fasting." It is an opportunity for all Americans, as Gov. Lee puts it, "to receive His Grace and Mercy transforming ourselves, our communities, our State, and our Nation."


Dr. Barbara Toth has a doctorate in rhetoric and composition from Bowling Green State University. She has taught at universities in the US, China and Saudi Arabia. Her work in setting up a writing center at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahmen University, an all-women's university in Riyadh, has been cited in American journals. Toth has published academic and non-academic articles and poems internationally.

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