America is the greatest nation on earth, made so by the goodness of her people and their belief in God. Though not universally held, 92% of Americans profess a belief in God. And according to the research, there seems to be a strong correlation between business owners and entrepreneurs, and a belief in God.
The research of Mitchell Neubert and Kevin Dougherty from Baylor University reveals some interesting patterns. It turns out that entrepreneurs pray more frequently than people in other professions. Business owners are more likely to think of God as a personal, interactive being who is interested in them and their problems. For Neubert and Dougherty, “entrepreneurs simply have a more personal view of God than non-entrepreneurs.” While the researchers make no mention of sales people specifically, it seems to me that selling is a fundamental brand of entrepreneurship and that the research applies to sales people and business owners equally.
Our nation’s founders were also confirmed in their faith and belief in God. One example is George Washington who said, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable.” And, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”
The fourth stanza of our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner”, proposes trust in God as a national motto. While not yet an official motto, the phrase “In God We Trust” first appeared on American coins in 1864. It wasn’t until 1956 that a joint resolution of Congress adopted “In God We Trust” as our official national motto.
Belief in God is espoused in the “Declaration of Independence” and the “Pledge of Allegiance.” In the pledge we acknowledge, “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Ours is a tradition, rich in faith.
Despite the foundation and history of our nation’s reliance upon Deity, the topics of faith, religion, and God are pushed out of the public discourse. It follows that personal religious behavior would also decline, and I think that is bad for business. It is bad for sales and it is bad for business owners. Many great American leaders have repeated the sentiment that America’s greatness is the goodness of her people and when her people cease to be good, America will cease to be great.
I for one, believe in America’s greatness. I believe in the goodness of her people. And I am willing to back my belief with action. This week I will dip my bicycle tire in the Pacific Ocean near Chula Vista, California. I will turn my bicycle east and ride until I dip my tire into the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way I will interview Americans about their belief in God and their personal religious behaviors. I will post those interviews on our YouTube Channel. I will write a regular blog of my experience and share photos and videos of our journey.
Our economy, our way of life and our very nation are at stake. And so I ride for America’s Hope. I invite everyone to join the dialogue and to pledge to personal religious behaviors. Join the adventure. Follow the journey on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, and our website.
As you follow, make comments and make a pledge. You may commit to run, ride or walk as an outward expression of your faith. You may read or paint or write as a way to demonstrate your trust in God. You may visit an elderly relative or a sick friend and offer relief in the name of service to your God. Sharing your pledge is not intended as a badge of honor but rather a way to stand united. Your pledge is a way to let others who believe know that they are not alone. When you comment, you invite discussion of faith and God back to the public discourse. Your profession of faith, your pledge, is in no way intended to suggest that you are better than someone else. But it does acknowledge that there is hope for an even brighter America as we re-establish and profess our trust in God. This we can do for America’s hope.