From In God We Still Trust by Richard G. Lee
In [Jesus] dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.– Colossians 2:9–10
In Colossians—perhaps the most Christ-centered book in the Bible—the apostle Paul refuted a threatening heresy that devalued Christ by explaining that believers are risen with Christ, and are to put off the old man and put on the new, which will result in holiness in all relationships. Paul stressed the preeminence of Christ and the completeness of the salvation He provides. Paul countered false teaching with his presentation of Jesus. A proper view of Christ is always the most powerful antidote to heresy.
Just as the Colossians needed to guard the truth of the gospel, so we need to guard our country. President Calvin Coolidge (1923–1929) said:
The issues of the world must be met and met squarely. The forces of evil do not disdain preparation, they are always prepared and always preparing. . . . The welfare of America, the cause of civilization will forever require the contribution, of some part of the life, of all our citizens, to the natural, the necessary, and the inevitable demand for the defense of the right and the truth.
In a world, Lord, where many are enemies of the Cross, let me speak the gospel truth in love, so Your gospel may be known and untruth dispelled.
“When they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about . . . what you should say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say”(Luke 12:11–12).
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