“A Fatherless Nation”
In the Christian faith community an important Bible scripture is Matthew 6:9 which says, “”This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name”. An interpretation of this scripture is that a request is being made for instruction on how to pray, wherein prayer is talking to God. Also, the Matthew 6:9 scripture says that prayer to God should begin by acknowledging God’s identity as being above us (heavenly Father) and as being hallowed or holy.
It is this same “Father” being named as “God” that is mentioned in many of the government documents and inscriptions. The United States currency began to include the motto, “In God We Trust” initially in 1873 and over many years this inscription has appeared and been removed from many United States currency denominations.
The Pledge of Allegiance’s 1954 rendition states, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
These are just two examples of the commitment and trust our nation has historically placed in God. But, today our nation has been referred to as a “Fatherless Nation” by clergy and some activists. This reference acknowledges that we are lacking the presence and oversight of a father; a Father, God.
Statistics differ but trend towards the literal number of fatherless homes has increased. But, also figuratively as our nation moves away from any acknowledgement or recognition of “our Father, God, in heaven”, we are described as and have become a “Fatherless Nation”.
So, if our country’s history of acknowledging and trusting in God can repeat itself in a positive way and outcome; then may our nation pray that we begin again to trust in God and pray to Him that our nation would be united and work to ensure liberty and justice for all.