EDITORIAL: ‘God Belongs in My City’

Oct. 23, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

In our politically correct world, too often our religious beliefs take a backseat.

At one time in this country, believers and the faithful put Christian beliefs in the forefront; there was no reason to be shy about it. Even today, our coins say, “In God We Trust,” and “One Nation Under God” still has a place in our culture, despite attempts to “separate church and state” in a way the Founding Fathers didn’t intend.

There are those who take that belief quite seriously, such as those approximately 150 individuals who held a rally in downtown Sanford on Saturday. The “God Belongs in My City” rally included a march from the Kiwanis Family Park to Depot Park.

There were signs that exhorted people to pray for everything, including our officials from the federal to the local level. This was the second such rally to be held in Sanford.

“This prayer walk isn’t just a social thing,” said Billy Terhune. “... I want everyone to realize we are the hands and feet of God, and we need to spread his message.”

While our nation may encompass many religions,Christianity has been a mainstay of our beliefs.

It’s important that those who espouse the Christian faith should act and behave in a manner that is consistent with such faith, which includes treating all people, despite religious or political beliefs, with respect and dignity.

More importantly, if our country truly stands upon the saying “In God We Trust,” it’s important that those who have faith are allowed to openly express that faith in God in all aspects of their lives, including our prayers for all of our government officials.

Those with Christian beliefs should pray with fervor for our nation, our state, our county and our city. Such entreaties are needed more than ever.

A flier from the “God Belongs in My City” walk read in part, “Our audience is everyone. We are the voice of this generation making the call to the people of God to rise up and proclaim the name that is above all names — Jesus Christ. We are not ashamed of the Gospel! We will answer the call to act now! We will share the Gospel of salvation to the ends of the world! No one can hold us back! We will see Jesus’s name spread throughout the world — we start with our city.”

We salute those who took part in the “God Belongs in My City” walk. Your open display of faith is admirable. A person who believes should stand forth to let others know of his or her convictions.

In a world full of acrimony and divisiveness, we need our divine creator more now than ever.