"IN GOD WE TRUST" imprinted in all capital letters on the back top of the United States America's dollar bill. Who decided that the statement should be all capitalized as if they were shouting at us "IN GOD WE TRUST?" Thus, does this mean every American citizen is in agreement that we trust in God? If so, then how is trusting or believing in God demonstrated through the use of money? What do I do with my dollar bill that says I trust in God?
The word God (when capitalized) defined, according to dictionary.com denotes, "the one Supreme Being, the creator, and ruler of the universe." However, the word god (when lowercased) indicates one of several deities, especially a male deity, presiding over some portion of worldly affairs. When reading the phrase statement, "IN GOD WE TRUST," how can one tell if the GOD is the one Supreme Being or one of several deities?
Personal interpretation is inevitable when it comes to the phrase statement on the United States of America's dollar bill. Many people have already written about the topic of money. Furthermore, a large number of individuals have given their views about what the phrase "IN GOD WE TRUST" means. My post is not about any of that, and you can Google, or pick up a book about money that probably will explain several philosophies of "IN GOD WE TRUST."
This post is about where do I place my trust. Do I put my trust in several deities or the Creator of all things? I could answer quickly and say, "God" with a capital "G." Yet, will I still trust God when slapped with outrageous cancer-related medical bills? You pray different when insurance premiums, deductibles, and co-pays hit your monthly budget.
I'm no stranger to crisis. Some crises, however, lead to danger while some point to opportunity. I aim to find balance, but there's always a precipitating event that knocks me off balance. I must change as a result. This change in me furthers my growth and dependence on God.
Six years ago, on March 13, 2014, I was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Today, on March 13, 2020, I am faced with housing challenges and the threat of coronavirus. On the one hand, I am celebrating being alive. On the other hand, fear taunts my security for basic needs to continue living. Be it resolved that I will trust in the Lord Jesus Christ until I die. I've decided to take my fears and nail them to the cross. The Word of God says it best, "Jesus Christ is the head over every power and authority. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. (Colossians 2:12-15)
I chose to believe that Jesus Christ is in total control. In Jesus, I trust. Jesus is God's son, who died on the cross for me. I accepted Jesus as my savior a long time ago, and I will not walk in fear now. He's brought me too far. Be it resolved that I am putting all threats against my physical, mental, financial, and spiritual health on full notice.
Affording food as medicine is critical to cancer patients. Eating fresh or healthy meals is not extravagant spending. Why should I have to go to the food trucks that hand out food with expired expiration dates on it to afford rent? I have decided to nail it to the cross and present my case to Jesus Christ.
It isn't very comforting to know that my chemotherapy is manufactured outside of the USA. My medicine may be limited shortly. Nevertheless, I put my trust in the One living God. He'll supply all my needs according to His riches in glory. God's Kingdom is not of earth. Jesus will keep my heart and mind in perfect peace throughout my cancer battle as He has done for the past six years. I have decided to nail my chemotherapy supply needs to the cross.
The budget is tight. There's hardly any room to get my nails done to celebrate my 6th cancerversary. I loved teaching my sixth graders the pledge of allegiance to the United States of America BEFORE I was diagnosed over six years ago. Nevertheless, I will always uphold the core democratic values. I am still free to pursue happiness. I am still free to worship my living God.
As I walk in my truth and can no longer do what I used to do, I accept my limitations. I know that my monthly premiums, co-pays, deductibles, and my patient bills are never going away. But Should I crawl up in a corner and die? No. I've decided to groom myself as needed, especially today, and nail my tight budget to the cross. I feel like Langston Hughes when he poetically wrote, "I too sing America". I am happy to be alive in the land of the free. No matter what may come we are still blessed.
I'm Nailing It to the Cross!
The most fundamental threat is not having an adequate place to stay with my family as I live out my days. I even thought renting would be more affordable than having a mortgage while I fight cancer. It seems nothing I do to manage works without spiraling into something more challenging. Yet and still, I trust God. According to Isaiah 32:18, God declares that "My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest." I have decided to put my trust in God and nail QUALITY affordable housing to the cross.
"In God We Trust" imprinted on the back of the United States of America dollar bill is what we citizens should believe. As for me, it's a daily choice to believe that Jesus is on the throne. I pray for you, other believers, you pray for me, and let's watch God change things.
God Bless the United States of America, where it is "In God We Trust."