Deuteronomy 1:32, 9:23, 2 Kings 17:14, 18:5, 1 Chronicles 5:20, Psalm 20:7, 24:4, 31:14, 86:2, Romans 15:13

Psalm 24:4-5  2 Kings 18:5-7

When out shopping lately, I stopped in my tracks in a candy aisle when I saw Russell Stover chocolate bars wrapped in pseudo-paper money.  That wasn’t the only thing false about it.  Instead of saying, “In God We Trust” it said, “In Santa We Trust.”  If Russell Stover was trying to be cute, it’s far from cute.  Why?  Because before even touching Scripture, Russell Stover’s usage of , “In Santa We Trust” is an affront to our national motto which is, “In God We Trust.”

There is significant history behind our national motto.  Wikipedia states, “In 1956, the nation was at a particularly tense time in the Cold War, and the United States wanted to distinguish itself from the Soviet Union, which promoted state atheism.[17] As a result, the 84th Congress passed a joint resolution ‘declaring IN GOD WE TRUST the national motto of the United States.’ The law was signed by President Eisenhower on July 30, 1956, and the motto was progressively added to paper money over a period from 1957 to 1966.[14] (Public Law 84-851)[18] The United States Code at 36 U.S.C. § 302, now states: ‘In God we trust’ is the national motto.’ ”

You may have noticed a lot of Scripture at the beginning of this post.  The verses deal with trust and are just a selection from many more verses.  In Deuteronomy 1:32, Moses tells the people that they didn’t trust God (even though God had fought for them in Egypt).  In 2 Kings 18:5-7, King Hezekiah put his trust in God and God made him successful.  In 1 Chronicles 5:20, God helped the Reubenites, Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh win a battle because they cried out, trusting Him.  In Psalm 24:4-5, David conveys that if one doesn’t trust in an idol, etc., they can expect blessing from God.  And in Romans 15:13, apostle Paul speaks of trusting in God for hope, etc.

No, it’s not cute to replace our real God with Santa in any way.  Putting our trust in GOD is a big deal to Him!