The resolution, sponsored by Watson, was passed by a unanimous vote earlier this year in the Tennessee General Assembly.
He unveiled the legislation in a patriotic service Sunday morning at Hopewell Church of God with local government officials joining him at the pulpit. County officials on hand included Bradley County Sheriff Jim Ruth, Court Clerk Gayla Miller, Bradley County School Board Chair Troy Weathers, Judge Amy Reedy, Bill Reedy, Commissioner Ed Elkins, Commissioner Terry Caywood and Cleveland City Councilman Charlie McKenzie.
Watson said the Ten Commandments are the foundation of the American legal system and it is important to remind counties across the state that they have the right to post the Ten Commandments in appropriate ways in county courthouses.
“Those that want to deny our heritage as a Christian nation have litigated the posting of the Ten Commandments; however, sound legal reasoning has prevailed and courts have upheld the right to post the Ten Commandments,” he said. “Our Christian Heritage is clear. On July 4, 1821, John Quincy Adams said, ‘The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: It connected in one permanent bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.’”
He said Americans must aggressively defend the nation’s Christian heritage instead of standing idly by while the few and powerful attempt to create a Godless America.
“The most recent example of the enemy’s attempt to remove God from our society is NBC television. This once great network intentionally deleted the words “under God” from our nation’s pledge of allegiance during a broadcast of the U.S. Open Golf tournament,” he said. “We can rejoice that Americans were so outraged by this callous action [that] NBC was forced to apologize on the air before the golf tournament concluded. It is a reminder that we must be vigilant in our pursuit to keep God at the forefront of our great nation.”
He said Romans 12:8 teaches those who are given the gift to govern must do it with diligence.
“You can help me fight the current liberal media campaign to create a Godless America by supporting legislators who make difficult votes in the face of great opposition,” he said.
He spoke of I Corinthians 16:13 that reminds public servants to be on their guard; stand firm in the faith; be men and women of courage and to be strong.
“There is great pressure in the halls of our legislatures to bow to the current peer pressure to remove God from the public debate,” he said. “We cannot allow this to happen.”
He said the groups are small that are making loud noises to keep God’s historical words out of government, but as the largest group in the nation, Christians must be louder.
“Let everyone know we do not want this to happen,” he said.