The concept of “one nation under God” has a noble lineage, originating in Abraham Lincoln’s hope at Gettysburg that “this nation, under God, shall not perish from the earth.” After Lincoln, however, the phrase disappeared from political discourse for decades. But it re-emerged in the mid-20th century, under a much different guise: corporate leaders and conservative clergymen deployed it to discredit Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.
This might provide some good material for thinking about the reluctant prophet Jonah. The belly of the whale is not always far off. I eagerly await Kevin Kruse’s new book, “One Nation Under God: Corporations, Christianity, and the Rise of the Religious Right.”
Go here for my previous sermon on Jonah.