As a lad, I was fond of Simon and Garfunkel. Yep, I know…deal with it. One of my favorite songs was “The Boxer”. I probably wouldn’t necessarily recommend the song now, but I do still get a little teary-eyed when I hear the last verse of that song. “In the clearing stands a boxer, and a fighter by his trade and he carries the reminders of every glove that laid him down and cut him till he cried out in his anger and his shame, ‘I am leaving, I am leaving.’ but the fighter still remains.”
Just when you think that God’s folks are down for the count, you get something like our lead story this week where the boxer shakes off the fog and stands, rubbing the sweat from his eyes and says, “is that all you got”. In the midst of so much “freedom from God” rhetoric in this country, a movement is growing. As a nation, we have a motto. It simply states: “In God we Trust“. This movement about which I am writing is one in which cities, municipalities, police departments, and the like have just decided enough is enough. We are going to display our nation’s motto on our squad cars and in our council chambers. I know saying that we trust God doesn’t make it so. However, pushing back against those who would banish God from every layer of our culture says something. It actually says a lot. For one thing, it says God’s people may have been down, but they aint out (pardon my Texan).
Over 500 cities and counties across America have followed the example of Congress and adopted this amazing statement of faith as their own motto. And, it gives us great pleasure to announce that the Mitchell S.D. city council voted 6 to 1 on Monday December 7, to become the 530th municipality to do so! That decision was prompted by the Family Heritage Alliance and Mitchell area pastors, who gave testimony in favor of this outcome. Go Mitchell!
Perhaps other cities in our great state might just follow the lead of the brave-hearts in Mitchell.
To quote Disney’s Lion King: Simba says: “What’s a motto”? Timon replies: “Nothing, what’s a-motto with you?” Well I can answer Simba’s question. It’s a phrase that defines a movement, a city, or a nation. Sometimes it’s a rallying cry. It gives the rest of us courage when someone takes a stand. Thanks Mitchell! At least in a little S.D. city East of the Missouri, the fighter still remains!