The Constitution, The Bible, and America
Two hundred twenty-three years ago, on September 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States of America became the supreme law of our land. It was one of the most unique documents ever penned by the hands of men. It established a government “Of the people, by the people and for the people,” with “equal justice for all.” The first three words of this great document are “We The People,” thus placing the supreme power of government, not in the hands of those elected or appointed, but in those who elect them.
It has been described as the greatest document for governing a free people ever written in the history of the world. Its authors, our founding fathers have, been described as “enlightened geniuses touched by divine intervention.” Every law for governing America must meet the standards established in the Constitution. This document has been so perfect that over its entire existence it has only been modified Twenty-two times. And one of these modifications, called Amendments, invalidated a previous one. Amendment number 21 invalidated Amendment number 18.
Of the other twenty, ten were added immediately to guarantee the rights of the people who would live under it. We call these first ten amendments the “Bill of Rights.” Thus America’s Constitution was so perfect that it has only needed to be amended ten times in a span of two hundred and twenty-three years. What did these founding fathers have at their disposal which guided them in making America’s governing document so exceptional and so unique. These men were highly educated in the best universities of America. They had studied the great writings of Hume, Lock, and Blackstone. Yet, they had in addition to these, one other book. It is called the Bible.
The Constitution is not a Christian document, but it is a document written by Christians. Every concept found in the Constitution of the United States can also be found in the word of God. With access to all the great books of the world, they chose the Bible as the basis of our Constitution. Specifically, they looked to the book of Deuteronomy. Why this particular book? Because this book contains the outline of the government God established for his chosen people, the nation of Israel. They believed that using God’s blueprint would provide the best possible form of government. Two hundred and twenty-three years have proved them correct.
The Bible is the inerrant and inspired Word of God. It represents perfection in every field it touches. God, the Creator of Heavens and earth, knows exactly how all the laws of the universe work together to establish the best possible results. God’s laws are inviolable. The existence of God was a given for these men and the only way the will of God can be discerned is by reading His holy revelation, the Bible. The Bible was written over a period of some fifteen hundred years by some forty authors. Yet, from Genesis to Revelation it is without a single contradiction. No other book in existence can claim this distention. No other book can provide a better foundation for a nation.
John Adams stated, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Not a single law established by God can be countermanded without unfavorable consequences. It has been tried and always found to reduce, not increase, the stature of the individual, or the nation.
It is a sad fact that America, as a nation, does not understand this principal. God ordained and presided over the first marriage. It was composed of two people, Adam and Eve. In observing His creation, God proclaimed at every step along the way that it, “was very good.” The first time God made an observation which he considered to be “not good,” was when he observed Adam in his loneness. In Genesis 2:18 God said, “It is not good that man should be alone. I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Upon creating Eve God said in Genesis 2:24, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh.” That which God has commanded cannot be invalidated by any human law.
When Peter and John were arrested for preaching in the name of Jesus, Peter stated: “We ought to obey God rather than man.” That which God has declared to be wrong, cannot be made right by a human law any more than the Law of Gravity can be changed by legislative action. Government officials like to feel that they have the authority to enact laws for governing our society. However, if an action has been forbidden by God, no human agency can make that action right, We may see in our lifetime the legalization of same-sex marriage. If so it will be allowed by the law of man, but condemned as an abomination by the eternal law of God. God has said that the shedding of innocent blood is an abomination in His sight. Therefore, there is no way that a law allowing abortion can ever be right. We might as well as legislate that beginning on a certain day, the sun is to rise in the west and set in the east.
America was founded by righteous men upon Judeo-Christian principals. Bible law was built into our laws. God has promised that, ”Righteousness will exalt a nation, while sin is a reproach to all people.” Because of rightness, America became the greatest nation in the world. Why would a nation with America’s history prosper for almost two hundred years, becoming the greatest nation history of the world, then fall into disrepute among men.
This decline cannot be denied. It began in the 60’s and continues to this day. Those who understand the relationship between our constitution, the Bible, and our nation understand exactly what the problem is. Unfortunately this wisdom is confined to the few rather than the masses. In 1831, a young Frenchman by the name of Alexis Tocqueville and a friend toured the United States. Later he is credited with writing these prophetic words concerning what he had learned in America.
“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her fertile fields and boundless forest, and it was not there. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her public school system and her institutions of learning, and it was not there. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her democratic congress and her matchless constitution, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
Just as he prophesied, America has ceased to be the great nation that it had become in the eyes of the world because America has ceased to be “good.” In the name of tolerance we have legalized things which God condemns. As a nation we no longer have a place for God, aside from the pews of our churches. By man-made laws, He and His Word have been prohibited from our schools, our government, and the public square. Some may choose to consider the forgoing to be nothing other than religious rubbish. Let that person come forward and give a different reason for the fall and possible destruction of the greatest nation in the history of the world. Let that person deny that the decline of morals and influence of America in the world has exactly paralleled America’s rejection of God, which began in the 6o’s. Let that person defend the belief that the catastrophic events which have become common place in America do not parallel the rejection of God and his principles from our nation.
Will the Decline and fall of America continue or can it be reversed. The good news is that the decline can indeed be reversed. It can be reversed when Godly men and women step forward to guide our nation back to its founding roots. It will be reversed when once again America becomes the “shining city on a hill” to which the weary and downtrodden of the world can come for freedom and the opportunity to achieve the “American Dream.” It will be reversed when the laws of America are once again in compliance with the laws of God.
The same Bible concepts, imbedded in our constitution, which led to our greatness as a nation, also tells us how to redeem that greatness and pass it, along with the Torch of Liberty, to our children and grandchildren. “Be not deceived, God is not mocked.” At the same time He stands ready to restore our nation by promising,
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and heal their nation.” II Chronicles 7:14