Really? I’m not sure who started this nonsense, but not many people took the time to look on the side of the coin.
Can you see that?
Everything that used to be on the face of the coin is now imprinted on the side. A news article said that a certain number of coins had initially been distributed without anything imprinted on the side. But the error was caught and corrected.
But still, what is all the fuss about?
When I pointed out, to friends and family who had sent me that panicky e-mail, that “In God We Trust” is now imprinted on the side and to please check the story out before sending me panicky e-mails, they said “Don’t you see? They’re trying to remove God from everything. They’ve taken him off the face of the coin. What will be next? We have to do something!!”
It seems to me they are still caught up in the panic. But why?
I think it is because people tend to allow themselves to get caught up in things that don’t really matter all that much. At least it is better than replacing it with this…
don’t you think?
It may hit a little closer to home for a lot of people.
We could spend a lot of time talking about this one, but I’ll save that for another time and get back to the subject at hand.
“In God We Trust” has been imprinted on the face of American currency since 1938. That means it wasn’t on there before then. I wonder what those panicky people had to fuss about before 1938?
I honestly don’t know, but I can give you some pretty good ideas….
Consider those guys who tried to trick Jesus in Luke, Chapter 20, verses 20 through 26. They were asking him about paying taxes to Caesar. Jesus asked them to show him a denarius (not much different than today’s dollar coin) and then asked what was on it.
It had a portrait and inscription of Caesar, so Jesus told them
“…give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."
You can bet that the coin did not say “In God We Trust”. But…..Jesus’ life DID!
Jesus provided us with an example of how to live our lives and how to treat other people (“…love you neighbor as yourself…”).
I don’t really think God cares a whole lot about what is or is not written on our money.
Think about it.
Prior to 1938, God’s name was not on our money. BUT…His name was in our schools, and in our government, and in our homes.
I don’t know about you, but I would much rather have “In God We Trust” written in my life, for everyone to see, rather than on my money.
After all, how many people do you know that were led into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ because of what they saw written on a dollar coin?
Whether you realize it or not, there are people in your town, in your neighborhood, perhaps next door to you, that are going to hell. But not because of what may or may not be imprinted on their new one dollar coin (which hardly anyone will actually use anyway), but because they don't know about Jesus!
Remember, when God wants to reach people, He uses……people. And God wants people to know and follow His Son. God is way more interested in your heart, than He is about your money (it’s His money anyway, not yours).
Jesus said, “….give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."
So…..what’s written on your heart?