There was a time where the words “In God We Trust” meant something to the people of this country. The majority of our founding fathers knew that acknowledging and relying on God was the key to seeing this nation grow and prosper. They understood that without him, we would be lost. As a result, the United States quickly rose to become the most powerful nation on earth. Somewhere, though, we lost our way. We forgot about him and decided to blaze our own trail. It is for this reason that I believe we are seeing our nation and state struggling in the ways that we are.
While I certainly will not legislate my religious convictions upon the people, I will, however, encourage each and every one of you to pursue a relationship with God – to live up to his standards and include him in everything you do. By doing so, not only are you giving God the respect he deserves, but I can guarantee that you will reap an innumerable number of benefits in your life.
I understand that there are many who would want me to keep my religious beliefs to myself – that the “seapation of church and state” prohibits elected officials from bringing religion into the public square. This, however, is a misinterpretation of that clause, as it actually means the government must keep from imposing itself on religion. The founders saw this happen in England and other parts of the world, and thus wanted to protect religion from those in power who would use it to further their ambitions.
As for me, I want to be open and honest about who I am with those who might elect me. I am proud to say that I am a Christian and that my relationship with Christ guides and shapes my life. It is my foundation, and I will not run away from it just to get more votes, as maintaining my principles and having integrity are essential to my religious beliefs. These are characteristics that every voter should seek in their elected officials, and I vow to abide by them when I conduct myself in office.