In God We Trust!?
A proper beginning, I suppose, would be a definition of irony. 3a(1)– incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result.
“In God We Trust” should be taken off of American money. I’ve witnessed fundamentalists become irate over the proposition like they had been assaulted but let me assure you that God, Trust, and Money do not mix and “the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” I’ll try to explain this irony in a language the fundamentalist can understand.
In the West, some of us are taught near the beginning of our intellectual and spiritual development the 10 Commandments . The first, second, and third, are the most difficult to grasp, even into adulthood, and with these the irony rests.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Acceptance of contradictions to all three of these condition the progeny of these commandments to the evils they are meant to provide a weapon against the degradation of individual sovereignty.
Those who make unto themselves a crucifix or any other likeness found anywhere in any religion or any word of any language or any constellation to depict a “God” does contradict the 2nd commandment but these practices are viewed as a badge of courage and understanding to the faithful. If you can be brought to believe preposterous things without witnessing them, then you can be brought to witness preposterous things you don’t believe in.
The love of money is the root of all evil yet the God we are to love with all our mind, heart, and soul’s “name” is printed on all our money, and Trust. The same type of system, we call it Fractional Reserve, usurious one, that various historical accounts consider a slow but sure form of social death. Ezekial 18:13 goes so far as to say the man who lends money at interest , is to be put to death. We could forego the death penalty today, but the dire warnings should be heard and acted upon.
“In God We Trust” should be taken off our money and in its stead be replaced with a warning that the allure of material possession and social position will rob all concerned of our true value in society. “In God We Trust” acts as a subterfuge to a usurious economic structure.