In God We Don't Trust
post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: In God We Don’t Trust
Author: David Bercot
Major Themes: Christian Non-Fiction, United States History, Colonial Era (US History), American Revolution, US History 1783-1860
Synopsis: Do the history textbooks really tell the truth, or is there another side to early American history that we aren’t being told?
So, we’ve all studied American History, right? We all know that America was settled by godly people who came to the New World for freedom of worship. We all know that the American Revolution was fought so that the colonies would be free from the dictatorial tyranny and unjust, heavy taxes of England, imposed with no representation and no say in making laws and passing taxes. Right? What if there is another side to things? What if the real facts have been suppressed and misrepresented in order to make the American side look good? David Bercot brings out some astonishing, disturbing points in his book In God We Don’t Trust, which shed new light on the history we’ve all learned. I was very challenged about my attitude toward government as I read this book—I also learned a lot about the way history really happened!
Bercot begins with a discussion about what it means to trust God, and the need for us, as Christians, to trust God implicitly in every area of our lives. Then, he begins relating the history of the earliest English American colonies, and talking about what they did trust in, other than in God—things such as guns, tobacco, and even rum. What were the results of trusting in these things? Were the men who founded the colonies actually God-fearing people? Or did they use pious words to try to make themselves feel and look better? What were their actual motives in founding these colonies?
As time went on, and the colonists began talking of breaking away from England, what made them want to do that? Was it really unjust, high taxes? Were they really being forced into poverty by the taxes that England asked them to pay? Did they really lack a way to make their voice heard in Parliament? As you read this book, you’ll learn that things weren’t quite the way some of the revolutionary leaders made them out to be—and you’ll be surprised, as we were, by the truth.
Bercot doesn’t stop with the Revolutionary War, though. He goes on to talk about some of the long-term results of the war and how the United States has been affected ever since that time. He also spends a chapter talking about how even Christian history textbooks distort the truth quite often in order to make the Revolutionary War look like something good. Read this book, and you’ll never view history in quite the same way again!
In case you were wondering where the author got his information, there are 15 pages of footnotes in the back of the book. This is a well-documented, extensively researched account. I appreciate the care he went to to make sure it is accurate, and I appreciate the sound, Biblical base for this work. One thing that Bercot stresses over and over is our need, as Christians, to respect and obey our government. That challenged me all the way through the book! I highly recommend In God We Don’t Trust to anyone who cares about the truth.
WARNING: Some accounts of the way the Indians were treated are pretty horrible. They are true; Bercot quoted directly from the colonists own accounts—but they are not nice to read.
Reading Independently—Ages 15 and Above, Adults
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Keywords: Christian Non-Fiction, United States History, Colonial Era (US History), American Revolution, US History 1783-1860