One of these aspects is that the founders of our nation believed in God. They fervently believed in the benefits that this belief had for them as well as all future generations of Americans. It is interesting that although they did not want to establish a governmental religion, they still recognized God's reality and importance to this nation. They had no intention of removing God from our lives nor minimizing his hand in the providence of our country.
I understand God to be loving and tolerant. In his mercy we need to be tolerant of each other. If we are to move forward in this country, we must not lose sight of the fact that each citizen has the right to express their views, including those of a religious nature. In the great effort by many to remove God from our society they are, by default, forcing us into their belief system as an atheistic society. Our courts should not force its citizens into a government religion of
It is appropriate for our government and its courts to continue to recognize the importance of God, while at the same time allowing each individual to establish his or her own belief system. This great nation will continue to prosper, but only to the degree that we remember that all removal of God from our society will not accomplish this. Secure societies are based on religious freedom. We must stand at every opportunity to defend the recognition of God in our society. It sets us apart. Through the ages, religion has provided a pillar and cornerstone of true liberty.
Upland 1st Ward, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Where: 1130 W. 21st St., Upland
Phone: (909) 231-8293
Bishop Duane Blake
Services: Sunday sacrament meeting - 12:30 p.m., Sunday school - 1:45 p.m.