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One Nation Under God?

This simple phrase, added to the pledge of allegiance over 50 years ago has been the source of unbelievable debate and heated controversy. Likewise, the phrase 'In God We Trust' on our currency has been targeted and continues to be attacked as improper and politically incorrect. Lawsuits have been filed and legal minds employed to ascertain whether such statements violate the concept of 'separation of church and state'.

As this debate continues, some so called experts have implied or concluded that our Founding Fathers and Patriots were not religious. These secular champions, in an effort to further their own causes, have even painted these great men and women from our history as being devoid of religious passions or even a belief in God. This is a part of their strategy to remove any discussion of God from the public forum.

Jon McNaughton would like to set the record straight.

These men and women were passionately religious and saw the hand of God all around them. To God they gave Thanks for His Hand in the founding of this great nation. To Him, according to their own testimony, they turned for wisdom and strength when life and liberty hung in the balance. Certainly the debate on separation of church and state will continue. But no one can dispute how our Founding Fathers and Patriots felt about God. The record is clear!

'One Nation Under God' is Jon McNaughton's witness and reminder that those who went before us knew from whence their blessings came!

Some Quotes from our Founding Fathers

'Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war. . .' George Washington

'God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God?' Thomas Jefferson

'God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?' Benjamin Franklin

'We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.' John Adams

'I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.' Abraham Lincoln

'. . . that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.' Abraham Lincoln-Gettysburg Address

'The belief in God all powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources. . .' James Madison

The Power of Symbolism

For thousands of years Symbolism has played a dynamic role in the teaching of the Lord’s people. As you consider this remarkable piece be sure to look for the many points of symbolism included by the Artist. To view a list of over 40 symbols represented in this painting, visit our website at www.mcnaughtonart.com. The following are but a few contained thereon.
  1. Tree of Life on front of robe represents the love of God
  2. Sash has ancient Hebrew writing of Psalm 33:12
  3. Christ's hand points to the U.S. Constitution, the young boy, and the people representing the strength of America
  4. Fifty stars shine in the sky representing the states of the Union -- some stars shine brighter than others
  5. Patriotic heroes speaking and pleading from the dust to all Americans living today
  6. Five generations of soldiers from the Revolutionary War era to the modern day U.S. Marine
  7. Supreme Court Justice with hands on face, feeling remorse for damage to America through rulings on controversial court cases

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Fifty Stars

Represents the fifty states of the Union. Some stars shine brighter than others.