Whatever Happened to the Constitution?

Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.

Acts 4:18, NIV

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or in the free exercise thereof. 

The Constitution of the United States of America, First Amendment

Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.

George Washington

I am continually amazed at what people accept for truth in America. For example, most people believe that the constitution has a doctrine of separation of church and state. It does not. In fact, the very portion of the constitution which judges have inexplicably used to remove God from the public square  - including our schools - is the very portion of the constitution which was designed to prevent such a travesty from ever occurring. 

The fact is that the founders were concerned that the freedom of religion would somehow be squelched by evil men in positions of power. This is what had happened in England's empire, so they were determined for it not to happen in America. The way that they would protect religious freedom was two-fold: Keep government from making some sort of national religion and keep government from restricting the free exercise of religion.

It is interesting to note how they set about to accomplish these twin goals: By talking about God in public, including by teaching the Bible and praying within public schools. This is an undeniable and well documented piece of history that cannot be missed. Still don't believe it? Consider the very words of our first president, and co-signer of the Constitution:

"Let us with cation indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."   "It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible" George Washington

Now do you see why the Bible was taught in public schools - not only during the administration of our first president, but in the 33 subsequent administrations - down through the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower?  Do you see why congress begins their sessions with prayer to this very day?  Do you see why the supreme court walls are carved with quotes from the Bible? This nation was not set up to protect the government from the church: It was set up to protect the church from the government.

Until we recognize these truths, I am afraid that we will continue to find Washington's warnings coming true: A nation's morality cannot prevail in the exclusion of religious principle and it is impossible to lead without God and the Bible. We have tried, in recent years - we've even re-interpreted some of the most obvious parts of the Constitution to do so. But... we are failing. The reason we are failing is not because of the truths that George Washington taught. They are true because of the words that the Bible has taught  every since it was given by God to guide the lives of men.

You cannot prevent government from establishing a religion by preventing the free exercise of religion... why can't we see that truth?

But Peter and John replied, "Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard. Acts 4:19-20, NIV

 "The truth shall set you free" Jesus

Politics and Religion

Our constitution was made only for a moral and righteous people. It is wholly inadequate for the governance of any other. John Adams

We are not a Christian nation. Barack Obama

One of our elders at the church where I preach has an interesting philosophy: He does not like doing business with anybody who doesn't believe in Hell. When you think about it, the reasoning is pretty sound. A person who does not believe in Hell is subject to his own moral code. If that includes lying, cheating and stealing, then why not, because he believes in no future punishment. On the other hand, a person who believes in both an eternal reward and the eternal fire will likely conduct his business with those beliefs firmly in mind.

As I look at our current state of politics, I am convinced that it is not producing the type of government that our founders had in mind. Thomas Jefferson, who has been misrepresented as being staunchly opposed to religion in the public square, did the exact opposite in real life. As President, he had the duty of chairmanship of the public schools in Washington D.C. One of his official acts during that time was to order the use of both the Bible and Watts Hymnal (a Christian songbook) in all of D.C.'s public schools. This is part of our history, yet his famous comment to a clergyman on the separation of church and state has been misapplied and misused over and over, depending on the whims of our politically appointed judiciary.

There is little question that our modern day politicians have run from religion (except when expedient to "look" religious). Maybe it is time for a new standard. Maybe it is time to refuse to vote for anyone who does not believe in Hell - or, for that matter, anyone who acts like they don't. We have ignored morality in our elections for many years now because of a fool's belief that politics should be divorced from religion. How's that working?

We have a nation of great value that is worth the effort it will take to rescue from the actions of godless men. It can be saved if we return to the standards of those who founded our nation and its constitution. In short, it can be saved if we as a nation return to God. It is time, I believe, to return people to positions of leadership who have not forgotten who we are.

When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when wicked men rise to power, men go into hiding.

Proverbs 28:12, NIV

The First President's Thoughts on Christianity

"We are persuaded that good Christians will always be good citizens, and that where righteousness prevails among individuals the nation will be great and happy. Thus while just government protects all in their religious rights, true religion affords to government its surest support."

George Washington

 

Part of the genius of the founding fathers was in their understanding of Christianity. They understood that Christianity does not take away the rights of others. They also understood that Christianity (Washington referred to it as "true religion") was that which made for good citizens and which gave  government its surest support. Washington also firmly believed that it would be righteous behavior that would make America both great and happy.

 

And he was right! America not only has been a great nation by just about every conceivable metric, it has also experienced a contentment and happiness that few nations, regardless of era, have enjoyed.

 

So if Washington was right in his belief that a nation populated by practicing Christians would be happy, great, and supportive of government, why are our current leaders rejecting this notion today? Could it be that they sincerely do not approve of the righteous standards associated with true religion, so they can never admit that Christianity has any benefits at all?

 

Regardless of the non-believers and history deniers within our present day elite, America has illustrated an important lesson for all who would care to learn: When we are righteous, we are great. When we practice the true religion of Christianity, we are happy. If you want a good citizen, look for a good Christian.

 

And while we are genuinely concerned about the loss of the very ideals that has made America great in the past, we can always get that greatness and sense of contentment back - we just need to repent. The only question is will we see that solution before its too late? Consider the advice that God gave to another great nation almost 2,700 years ago - it's still great advice today!

 

"This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: 'In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength,

but you would have none of it.'"

Isaiah 30:15

 

 

A Nation Without a Constitution

“State attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws that they believe are discriminatory.” The above quote is from a February 24, 2014 article in the New York Times.They are quoting from an interview with U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who has instructed state attorney generals that they don’t have to enforce any current gay marriage bans that happen to be the laws of the states in which they serve. The only requirement is what they “believe”.

This is the same U. S. Attorney General who has refused to enforce racial discrimination laws against entire groups of people based solely on the color of their skin. He is the same U. S. Attorney General who has refused to enforce any current U. S. laws that he and the president don’t like on illegal aliens and immigration. Their only restriction is what they “believe”.

Senators Mike Lee has indicated that the President has committed impeachable crimes. Senator Ted Cruz has indicated that the President is lawless. And, as much as I admire the two men who I believe have been the most courageous and outspoken concerning the President’s and Attorney General’s unconstitutional behavior, thus far no one in the House or Senate has moved to do their sworn constitutional duty of stopping this type of behavior.

If this makes you mad, it should. It is illegal. It is unpatriotic. It is dangerous! But, even more dangerous is when we as Christians refuse to obey and enforce the laws that we have promised to uphold. You see, when we become Christians, we have effectively agreed to live for God and Christ. But, when it comes down to it, do we really keep that agreement? Or… do we only keep those parts of God’s laws that we “believe” in?

Do we lie? Do we lust? Do we support sinful activities? Do we say that God is wrong when he calls adultery and fornication and homosexuality sin? Do we vote for people who promise to uphold a woman’s “right” to terminate the life of her unborn baby – even though that baby has a beating human heart?

Do we worship with the church described in the New Testament, or with one that is more customized to our own particular tastes? Do we study to show ourselves approved? Do we pray without ceasing? Or, are we lawless Christians who have broken God’s covenants based on what we prefer, rather than what God has commanded?

Our leaders ignoring of the Constitution has effectively made us a nation without laws. And our ignoring of God’s word has effectively made us a lawless people. The difference is that a nation without a Constitution or laws can do whatever it wants and still be called a nation. But, can a people who disregard Christ’s laws be any longer honestly called Christians?

I don’t like what has happened to my country! I believe we are on a path to destruction if we don’t do something soon. I wonder, sometimes, if Jesus likes what is happening to His church? It’s something to think about… before it’s too late.

“Declare to my people their rebellion and to the house of Jacob their sins. For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways,as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God.”Isaiah 58:1-2, NIV

Have You Given Up On America?

We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in Heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come.

Samuel Adams, July 4th 1776 

 

Perhaps, you have given up. Perhaps you have looked at the state of our nation, and have thought that we have gone too far. Perhaps you have done your part in the past, voting for men who said they would do one thing, only to have them turn around and do the opposite.

 

Perhaps you have looked at evil laws passed that make all Americans pay for abortion under the guise of helping the poor get healthcare. Perhaps you have grown weary of people practicing their hatred for other people, under the claim of diversity. Perhaps you have seen a mockery made of marriage and are concerned. Perhaps you have watched our foolish leaders heap debt upon debt, in order to enrich themselves and their cronies, and wonder how your children and grandchildren will live under the crushing burden of this debt.

 

Perhaps you are tired of seeing pornography on everything from the evening news to the commercials during our children's morning cartoons. Perhaps you look at the sexual perversion, the fiscal insanity. the moral decay, and you are angry. Perhaps you have considered the corruption of many of our politicians and judges and just think that it is too late. Perhaps you have watched as our very leaders arm terrorists overseas and invite them to live freely in our very nation and you are outraged. Perhaps you have tried to share your concern with friends and associates only to see that concern received with derision,irritation or apathy, and you are on the verge of just giving up.

 

I share your concern, but if you think that it is too late, you are wrong! You see, we serve a powerful God, and despite many of our schools and nearly all of our universities teaching that there is no God, that He is merely an unnecessary crutch for superstitious fools, they are wrong.

 

He exists!

 

And our God is ready to help all of those who will repent of their evil and turn back to Him. I believe that He helped our founders win a blood-filled revolution against evil men who had forgotten that He was Sovereign, not them, and I believe that He can help us win a bloodless revolution today, if we will only put Him back in His rightful position.

 

The founders understood this principle, and we must too. It is simply this:

 

It begins with you!

 

You must first restore God and Christ as the rightful Sovereigns of your life. You must then restore them as the rightful Sovereigns of your family. Next, all righteous families must restore God and Christ as the rightful Sovereign of the church. Then, and only then, can we restore Them as the rightful Sovereigns of our nation.

 

The founders did not fight a revolution in order to seize power for themselves, their lawyers, or their buddies. No, they risked their honor, their fortunes, and their very lives in order to restore power to God. They did not do this, as some will mistakenly claim, in order to establish a Theocracy. They did it because they knew that God had to be honored in order to establish a country that was worth fighting for.

 

How about you?

 

Righteous exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. Proverbs 14:34, NIV

Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength... Isaiah 40:31, NIV

It is time to seek the LORD... Hosea 10:12, NIV