How many times have you looked at the back of a bill, and wondered to yourself, “Why does it say, In God We Trust, on the back of our money?” Why do we even care at all? Well, when something doesn’t make sense to us, we question it, and what makes this so confusing is actually another saying that claims money is the root to all evil.
So then, we’re confronted with this perplexing question, “If money is the root of all evil, than why does it say In God We Trust on the back of our money?” After all, we do associate money with evil, hell, and the devil. What’s going on? In February, 1862, the United States Congress passed the Legal Tender Act to help finance the Civil War, and it was at that time, under the Legal Tender Act, the motto was added to money. Interesting right?
I’m going out on a limb here, and I’m going to suggest all the questions we have today, and all the mysteries surrounding the motto and the money stem from Theodore Roosevelt, one of the most religiously moral and Christian-minded presidents this country has ever seen. Roosevelt was a constitutional conservative, and he not only believed putting God on money was sacrilege, but he also believed the motto was unconstitutional because it established a religion, which opposed the First Amendment.
When you take into consideration where we’re at today with digital currency, there’s no doubt about the amazing history American money has!