In God We Trust


For the last 17 years I have worked in the financial industry, and I am blessed for having done so, but not how I would have expected. So much attention is paid to having enough money to retire or saving enough to pay for college. Entire television networks are devoted to economics, government tax policies, stocks, bonds, and central banks. Talking heads tell us which stocks are good and which ones are bad. They speak of the economy as if it is some blob without real care for the individuals that make up that blob. Since the financial crisis of 2008, some of the talking heads have spoken about hyperinflation and economic collapse. Advertisers have made millions selling gold, insurance for food, and ammunition to safeguard your family, your property, and your food.

In some countries such as Venezuela, we have seen shortages of food and other supplies that people need for daily life. Television shows have done specials on the hyperinflation of Germany during the Weimar Republic. Pictures of people taking wheel barrels full of money just to buy bread.


Commercials with scary talk and pictures telling us the dollar is going to be worthless, and we need to buy gold as a “store of value” before the dollar becomes worthless. Gold has always been “real” money. As an aside, if the dollar is going to be worthless, why would the person want to trade their gold for my dollars? Will the dollar become worthless? What if I told you it is? In fact, what if I told you that all money is worthless including gold? Stay with me on this because I can prove it is true, especially if you call yourself a Christian. Even if you are a non-believer, I challenge you to prove me wrong.

On our money in the United States is the motto, “In God We Trust.” Christians and non-Christians fight over whether or not that motto should be on our money. Frankly, I think the motto is appropriate, but probably not for the reason you might think. What god? Allah? Jesus Christ? Buddha? Brahman? In what god do we trust? Who is we?

I am not here to have a theological debate with you. I believe that God created the world, and He sent His Son to die and take the punishment that I deserve for my sins. I believe that Jesus died on a cross, God raised him on the third day, and he is coming again. And, the only way to the Father is through him. If you don’t believe that, I’m not going to argue with you. You cannot prove he does or doesn’t exist, and if you choose to believe that he doesn’t, you are Red 35. Feel free to ask me what that means in the comments section.

One day a thought came to my head. We are told that the Federal Reserve is going to cause hyperinflation, the dollar is going to be worthless, and people will starve. There is truth to those comments. If the dollar becomes worthless, people will starve, but why? That’s stupid, especially for a country that claims to have 200 million Christians.

Last week I asked my 10 year old a few questions. “Jackson, does it take money feed people?” He said, “Yes.” To which I replied, “No it doesn’t. It takes food.” Then I asked him, “Do you need money to clothe people?” Again he said, “Yes.” My reply, “No you don’t!” Does it take money to stay warm in the winter? No, it takes heat. The point being, money is actually worthless. Prove me wrong!

Everything needed for life on this earth was freely given. It was already here. There is only one thing that man has actually created; money. Everything else was already here, and could always do what it does today. Mortal man simply hadn’t figure that out how to use it. Our lives are easier because of the discoveries of men and women, but the actual elements to that make those discoveries work were already here and always have been.

Now to the point. Why do I think the motto, “In God We Trust”, is appropriate? God, the provider of all things has been replaced by another provider of all things; money. Why do I say it’s stupid that people would starve because of hyperinflation or a currency becoming worthless? How in God’s name can we claim that America is a Christian nation when people could starve if a currency became worthless? Did the ability to grow food go away? No! Are we unable to clean water without money? Yes! But we have become dependent on a worthless, man-made god. A god that burns with fire. Money is the ultimate golden calf.

Money has become such a god that we spend almost all of our lives trying to accumulate it. People sitting in cars for hours a day only to spend more hours somewhere else to achieve the American dream while taking some of that money to allow someone else to raise their children. (Guilty as charged) And before you call me a socialist, think again because you are 100% wrong. Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 3:10-11, “Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: ‘Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.'” Our government and all governments, our modern-day priests, have made it almost impossible to live without money via their ability to tax.

I don’t know if our currency will collapse any time soon, but the starving people in places around the world that have experienced hyperinflation, are proof that money is god, and they became dependent on that god to provide, and like all false gods, it fails. If a country is truly a Christian country, especially one with 200 million Christians, it should be impossible for them to suffer simply because a piece of paper or digits on a computer became worthless, but they will. Why? Because we have exchanged the One True God, the Great Provider, for a paper calf. (It’s not even golden today)

So yes, “In God We Trust” should be on our money, but would more accurately be, “In god We Trust.”

“Don’t store up treasures on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves cannot break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:19-21

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved by money.” Matthew 6:24

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the minds of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:31-33







The World Needs More Jesus?

The World Needs More Jesus?

In this section of the devotionals, we will focus on Jesus and his words in the book of Matthew. You might ask, why have a question mark at the end of the title of this section? Do you not agree that the world would be a better place if we all followed Jesus’ lead? Absolutely, I agree that the world needs Jesus! The challenge comes when what Jesus taught goes against my/our natural instincts.

Before writing this, I struggled with how to write it. The last thing I want is to sound pious or condescending because I fail every day. Reading the words of the Apostle Paul in Romans 7:15-16 gives me hope. “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.”

Understand that each and every one of us is going to fail. Jesus is God. He is perfect and we are not. When we fail, God will forgive us.

We will delve into many things that Jesus said and some will challenge you more than others. Some are very hard. For example, Jesus said to love our enemies. When someone hits me, I don’t want to “turn to him the other cheek also.” (Matthew 5:39) Heck, I want to hit him back, but I don’t get to pick and choose what words of Jesus I want to follow. If we want the world to have more Jesus, it starts with us!


The Greatest Commandment

“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the Law of Moses?”

Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:36-37

“You must not have any other god but me.” Exodus 20:3

It’s easy to make fun of people that worship things that we can’t fathom. For heaven’s sake, the Israelites made a golden calf and worshipped it. Rome had a god of the sky, Jupiter. Neptune was Jupiter’s brother and was the god of the seas. Juno was the wife of Jupiter and was the goddess of marriage and women. Mars the god of war. Venus the god of love. Bellona was the goddess of war. I guess Mars needed help. It seems the Romans had a god for almost everything. (

Today, we Christians can’t imagine how anyone could worship some of the things that they bow down to, but are we really any different? Are there things that I have put before God? You? If I’m honest, the answer is yes because my actions prove stronger than my words.

One of my gods was baseball. Is there anything inherently wrong with baseball? Of course not, but it would be a lie if I said I didn’t place it before God. For others it’s fame, a career, possessions, and maybe even other people. Where are my thoughts? What do my actions prove? What do I worry about?

Taking an honest look at your own life may reveal who or what you really worship. If there is anything that you are unwilling to give up to follow God, that is your god. That is my god. Ask yourself this one question. If I were to stand before God today, would He find something that I placed above Him and am I doing that now? God is a god of love, but He is also just, and the answer to that question has eternal consequences.