Rep. John Holsclaw advocates for ‘In God We Trust’ on Tennessee State Seal

Published 9:14 am Monday, January 22, 2024

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Representative John Holsclaw, proudly representing the 4th District of the Tennessee House of Representatives, emphasizes the significance of incorporating “In God We Trust” into the state’s Great Seal. Holsclaw asserts that this addition aligns with the deeply rooted faith-based values of Tennessee and will serve as a visual representation of the state’s commitment to trust in a higher power.
In a statement, Holsclaw expresses his honor in sponsoring and successfully passing legislation that mandates the inclusion of “In God We Trust” in Tennessee’s Great Seal. The state seal, according to Holsclaw, should be a reflection of the residents’ strong commitment to faith and a testimony to their belief in God’s sovereignty over the land.
Holsclaw elaborates on the profound meaning behind “In God We Trust,” emphasizing that it goes beyond being a mere slogan. For him and many others in the Volunteer State, it is a profound acknowledgment of the continual need for divine guidance, an affirmation of God’s sovereignty, and a reminder of Jesus Christ’s role as Lord and Savior.
The legislative process initiated by Holsclaw last year involves the redesign of Tennessee’s seal by incorporating “In God We Trust,” likely positioned as a banner near the bottom. Governor Bill Lee is mandated to submit the redesigned seal to the General Assembly by July 1, 2025, allowing legislators the opportunity to approve the proposed changes.
Reflecting on the decision to carry this legislation, Holsclaw considers the religious composition and moral values of Tennessee. He notes that Tennessee is the third most religious state in the U.S., with 73% of residents identifying as “highly religious,” according to the Pew Research Center. Additionally, 81% of adults in the Volunteer State identify as Christians, reinforcing its strong Christian ethos.
The historical context of “In God We Trust” in the United States is highlighted by Holsclaw, tracing its origins to the Civil War era when it was approved to appear on American coins. President Dwight Eisenhower later signed bills making it mandatory on paper currency and designating it as the national motto in 1956.
Holsclaw draws attention to the importance of faith in Tennessee, citing the popularity of license plates featuring “In God We Trust.” According to The Tennessean, as of March 2023, the state issued over 3 million plates with the phrase, reflecting the high value placed on faith by Tennesseans.
Serving his constituents in Nashville, Holsclaw acknowledges the role of faith in guiding his legislative decisions. He invokes biblical verses such as Proverbs 3:5 and Isaiah 26:4 to emphasize the importance of trusting in the Lord. Holsclaw concludes by expressing pride in the successful passage of the legislation and looks forward to witnessing “In God We Trust” become a powerful addition to the Great Seal of Tennessee.
John Holsclaw resides in Elizabethton and is committed to representing the values and beliefs of the residents of the 4th District.

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