"So Help Me... Somebody?"
January 14, 2009
Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; tell of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually! Psalm 105:1-4
You may not agree with Michael Newdow, but you certainly have to admire his persistence -- no matter how wrong he might be.
Newdow, an avowed atheist, has tried -- so far unsuccessfully -- to have references to God removed from the Pledge of Allegiance and the national motto. Now Mr. Newdow is dedicating himself to removing any allusion to the Lord from President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration.
Specifically, he wants the words, "so help me God" removed from the oath of office. Newdow, quite rightly, says those words aren't in the original oath as set forth in the Constitution. Those who disagree point out that George Washington added those words when he was installed, and every president since has used them.
Understand, Newdow is not alone. In his cause, he is joined by other atheist and humanistic organizations.
This is why with the coming to office of a new president, America's Christians would be right in joining with the psalmist who said, "Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; tell of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually!"
If any country on earth should be telling of God's wondrous works, it should be ours. The countries of North America have been blessed and given freedoms the world has never seen before.
And who should receive the credit for these great gifts? Mr. Newdow and his associates would love to take the credit. As for me and my house, we believe the Lord who gave His Son to save us should receive the accolades for these many blessings.
And for what purpose are these blessings given?
The psalmist said it: so we might sing God's praises and sing His wondrous works.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, for all blessings spiritual and temporal that You have given, may I be grateful. Grant me humility as well as the ability to use those blessings to share the Savior's story. In His Name. Amen.
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Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries