What term has been overused and made to mean less than “In God we trust?” We read it on our money and politicians fling it around with no real meaning. As an American, I believe I may have become numb to it and have probably even forgot what it means.
That is why it was so refreshing to read
Steve Ham’s In God We Trust: Why Biblical Authority Matters For Every Believer. Ham doesn’t live in America, but rather in Australia, so he is able to give a perspective on the phrase that isn’t focused on America. Rather, Ham explores how the term “In God we trust” should affect the beliefs of Christians.
Ham presents the case that the true Christian has an axiom of understanding that must jump from the belief that every word of scripture is true. Sounds simple but in this day of post-modern thought and acceptance, Ham contends that this sort of belief is becoming more rare. Can one accept Christ as Savior without believing that the creation story is true and accurate? Can one accept that God is sovereign without believing that Samson literally killed a lion with the jawbone of a donkey? Ham answers those questions in the negative and his book is a pleading for Christians to reevaluate their axiom of belief.
This is a wonderful book and had me questioning some of my beliefs regarding the Bible and how seriously I took certain passages. Has our storybook approach to Christianity really given God the appropriate authority that His word demands and broadcasts? Ham’s book will help the reader to look at who has the authority in their life, their worship, their beliefs, and their families.
Do yourself a favor, buy this book, read it, and share it with someone.