by Rahn Greimann (Owner/Publisher of Performance Horse Digest)
“In God We Trust”, also written as “In God we trust”, is the official motto of the United States of America and of the U.S. state of Florida. It was adopted by the U.S. Congress in 1956, supplanting E pluribus unum, in use since the initial 1776 design of the Great Seal of the United States. (reference Wikipedia).
The big question is, do you? Or you should ask me, do I?
You might be wondering what gives me the right to even ask
such a question about you or myself. You might think that it is not politically
correct (PC) to even state or ask such a thing, but frankly, my answer for me
is, I don’t care what any person or politician thinks. I do care what God thinks
as well as what He thinks about me, my family, my friends, and yes, the country
that we call home.
Thank God that we currently live in a free country that has
a just constitution that protects the freedom of speech. With this freedom
comes accountability for our actions and what we say.
I own this magazine and have the right to say the things
that I believe to be true, such as, I believe that the Constitution of the
United States is an inspired document given to us to protect all men’s, women’s,
and children’s (born and unborn) right to life, liberty and the pursuit of
happiness. I believe that people should have the agency to choose for
themselves but be accountable for their actions, whether they be good or bad,
according to correct principals governed by God. Not just because something
feels good, or that making money, or obtaining power, is their ultimate goal.
I believe that it is very wrong when people, especially
people in power, try to make good things seem bad and bad things seem good.
Sorry to say, it seems to be the way of our world that we live in. I for one am
tired of it. If you don’t know what to do because it is hard to tell what is
right or wrong, ask God. He answers knee-mail, not email, Facebook, Instagram
or any other electronic way of communicating. Be careful what you put on these
vehicles of communication because he can read them too. He just doesn’t answer
any of us with a Tweet.
On a positive note, I am always moved to feel proud of the people around me when at a horse event or rodeo and everyone stands, with their hats off, during the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner.
I was blessed to experience this with my peers, proud to be
Americans, during the beginning of the sales at the Black Hills Stock Show in
Rapid City, SD. It is comforting to know that people believe the words, “Oh,
say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the
home of the brave?”
In contrast, I was watching a discussion between two people,
that I respect, talking about our country and the times that we live in. The
younger of the two asked the elder if he knew what the fastest growing religion
is right now. He stated that it is Atheism.
Atheism by definition is “disbelief or lack of belief in the existence of God
or gods”. I was disheartened to acknowledge that this statement is most likely
true. Please, don’t get me wrong. I have spent more than just a moment or two
upset with, and even mad at God because of some of the losses and pains that I
did not understand. But, I have always believed that He is there and knows me.
I feel sorry for those that don’t have a hope and faith in a better way, or a
better day, that includes happiness now and forever.
I feel fortunate to live in a country that is free and pray
that it will remain so, now, and for a long time to come. I desire that my
grandchildren, your children, and grandchildren will be able to enjoy the freedoms
to succeed and fail, as we have had the blessing to experience.
You might say that,
“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.”