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In God (Egypt) We Trust by Dr. Dave Madenberg


On July 30, 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill into law which made, 'In God We Trust,' the official motto of the United States of America.

These words had been placed on U.S. coins since the Civil War. But, this new law mandated the phrase be added to America's paper currency as well.

Two years earlier, President Eisenhower also successfully pushed to have the phrase 'under God' added to our Pledge of Allegiance.

Since that time, America began its slow drift away from trusting in God to trusting in Egypt, that is, what the world has to offer.

Few presidents since Eisenhower have truly paid homage to God, Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump being the obvious exceptions. President Trump even succeeded in moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But, the words and actions of former presidents pale in comparison to what President Eisenhower did 'for God and country'.

In 1962, the United States Supreme Court banned prayer in public schools citing it violated the First Amendment. But students were still allowed to meet for prayer on school grounds as long as no one was forced to participate.

At about the same time, the Supreme Court also decided that starting the school day with the mandatory, Pledge of Allegiance, also violated the First Amendment because of the phrase, 'under God.'

Arguments to these rulings continue even today. Yet, in early America, these Godly activities were considered normal by the majority of citizens. The country still remained, 'One nation under God,' holding to its Judeo-Christian foundation.

Then, on January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court issued a 7–2 decision in favor of "Roe" that held women in the United States have a fundamental right to choose whether or not to have abortions without excessive government restriction, and struck down Texas' abortion ban as unconstitutional.

Did the Supreme Court and pro-abortion advocates even consider what God thought about this man-made law ---the approving of murder which God hates?

Rom 1:21-22 tells us: " ... because although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools ... "

On June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court, again, 'futile in their thoughts and their foolish hearts darkened,' defied another of God's laws by striking down all state bans on same-sex marriage, legalizing it in all fifty states, & requiring states to honor out-of-state 'same-sex marriage licenses' in the case Obergefell v. Hodges.

In Rom 1:24-32, we read: "Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves ... For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased (corrupted) mind, to do those things which are not fitting ... who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them."

Are believers to engage or give approval to such things just because the Supreme Court decides these activities are legal? Absolutely not!

Rom 12:2 says: "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind ..." How? By putting on the mind of Christ.

Is it the believers' job to take vengeance on people who disobey God, or who persecute us? Absolutely not!

Rom 12:17, "Repay no one evil for evil."

And Rom 3:23 points out we are all sinners, "... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, ..."

Also in Rom 12:19, "Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, 'Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.' "

But, that's not to say we don't fight against evil or give in to it. We fight by protesting ...and the ballot box!

As I was in prayer one night, I felt very tired and demoralized. I asked the Lord, as did David, 'Why is my soul so cast down'?

I knew from reading various sources, communists use the tactic of demoralization to begin the takedown of a nation and a people they seek to control. They use local politicians and other subversives along with the bought off news media, to recite a narrative to fulfill their agenda.

But, I believe the Lord spoke to my heart asking me, "Where have you planted your feet?"

I knew what the Holy Spirit was asking. He was helping me to see that both my feet were not solidly planted in the spiritual ground of Goshen. He was showing me that I, along with so many other believers, have become too comfortable and too complacent living in Egypt

Did our national slogan change from, 'In God We trust' to 'In Egypt We Trust?'

We believers are commanded to come out from among those fully planted in Egypt. Believers are to remove themselves from the corruption, immorality, wickedness and never ending sin the world offers, like a carrot dangling before our eyes. Yes, we have to live in this world physically, but spiritually, we cannot become like Egypt, accepting its values.

2 Cor 6:17 instructs us to:

"Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch

what is unclean and I will receive you." "I will be a Father to you, and you

will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."

My heart is truly with Jesus in the spiritual realm. But, I realized there remains a portion in the fleshly realm where I enjoy and also depend on what Egypt offers.

He caused me to see that though I have one foot solidly planted in Goshen with the Lord, the other foot is planted in the quick sand of Egypt.

I'm running the race of faith at a 'jog' rather than 'full speed ahead' because the foot planted in the world is 'slowing' my forward progress.

How many other believers do the same, being bogged down by the cares and comforts of this world? Yearning for a nice house or car, not being satisfied with what we already have?

Heb 13:5 teaches us: "Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have ..."

Our hearts must be steadfast, desiring to cross the finish line at full speed, running to win and not letting up! We are not to surrender or cast our love upon the things the world has to offer, no matter how enticing or comforting they appear to be.

Remember what the bible teaches us in 1 John 2:15,

"If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him."

I recently read an article in Got regarding how believers are to handle living in Egypt without becoming part of it. These are some excerpts from that article:

1. "Believers in Jesus Christ are simply in the world—physically present—but not of it, not part of its values ... We are not to engage in the sinful activities the world promotes, nor are we to retain the ... corrupt mind that the world creates. Rather, we are to conform ourselves, and our minds, to that of Jesus Christ."

Bible's comment to this:

In Rom 13:14, we read: "But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts."

2. "We are to live in such a way that those outside the faith see our good deeds and our manner and know that there is something “different” about us. Christians who make every effort to live, think and act like those who do not know Christ do Him a great disservice. Even the heathen knows that “by their fruits you shall know them,” and as Christians, we should exhibit the fruit of the Spirit within us."

Bible's comment to this:

Jesus says in Matt 7:16-20, "You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit ... therefore by their fruits you will know them."

3. Being “in” the world also means we can enjoy the things of the world, such as the beautiful creation God has given us, but we are not to immerse ourselves in what the world values, nor are we to chase after ('love') worldly pleasures. Pleasure is no longer our calling in life, as it once was, but rather the worship of God.

Bible's comments to this:

James 4:4 tells us: "Adulterers and adultresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God."

And in Rom 8:6-7, "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God."

What's the definition of 'enmity'? It comes from the same Latin root as enemy:

Enmity and its synonyms "hostility," "animosity", and " animus" all indicate deep-seated dislike or ill will. Enmity suggests true hatred, either overt or concealed.

The entire quote from 1 John 2:15-16 says: "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world -- the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life -- is not of the Father but is of the world."

And who has been allowed to be the temporary ruler of this world? Satan.

In the US, even we as believers, have been conditioned since childhood to trust in Egypt for all our needs ... such as:

--Food, shelter and clothing.

--Medical care and medications.

--Government subsidies such as welfare and disability.

--Government protection (police, fire, military).

But, when the time comes and we refuse to take the 'Mark of the Beast,' in whom -or- in what will we place our trust to supply us with basic necessities?

Will we still be able to place our trust in Egypt without taking the mark?

The bible tells us in Jer 17:5-8, "Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord." Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit."

We are not to place our trust in Washington, DC or Madison, WI. Egypt cannot be trusted to help us ... because ... Egypt is not trustworthy!

Isaiah 31:1 says: "Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord!

Brothers and sisters, we must come to grips with the fact Christians are disliked by the world because we are 'bucking' Egypt's system.

Believers must not accept or submit to man's laws ... if they defy God's laws.

Egypt just wants us to 'go away.' Christians are becoming unaccepted, even hated by the world, being thought of as the new counterculture like the 'hippies' were in the 1960's.