229 Years Ago
Ramon Arias | September 12, 2016
On September 17th we will commemorate the 229th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution that gave birth to our Constitutional Republic. Do you think the Founding Fathers would be proud of what generations have done since then? Do you think they would recognize the America they intended or would they say, this is not the United States we fought for and envisioned it to be?
Let us hear directly from them through their writings of the concerns they expressed. As we do, let us use our critical thinking and be truthful to ourselves by accepting why things continue to go wrong and may the love of country not blind us to the reality, rather give us the wisdom and courage to do our part in turning the nation back to her foundation.
John Adams wrote the following to the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Massachusetts Militia on October 11, 1798:
While our country remains untainted with the principles and manners which are now producing desolation in so many parts of the world; while she continues sincere, and incapable of insidious and impious policy, we shall have the strongest reason to rejoice in the local destination assigned us by Providence. But should the people of America once become capable of that deep simulation towards one another and another towards foreign nations which assumes the language of justice and moderation while it is practicing iniquity and extravagance, and displays in the most captivating manner the charming pictures of candor, frankness, and sincerity while it is rioting in rapine and insolence, this country will be the most miserable habitation in the world, because we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion [biblical Christianity]. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious [biblical Christians] people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.1
Another remarkable and less known Founding Father, was James Otis. He was a tutor to Samuel Adams and John Hancock, as well as a close associate of John Adams, and he emphasized that there is only one King with Divine rights, God Himself, and that Almighty God had predestined that political power would rest with the people, not the ruling class and social elites:
Has it [the government] any solid foundation? Any chief corner stone, but what accident, chance, or confusion may lay one moment and destroy the next? I think it has an everlasting foundation in the unchangeable will of God, the author of nature, whose laws never vary. The same omniscient, omnipotent, infinitely good and gracious Creator of the universe, who has been pleased to make it necessary that what we call matter should gravitate, for the celestial bodies to roll round their axis, dance their orbits, and perform their various revolutions in that beautiful order and concert, which we all admire, has made it equally necessary that from Adam and Eve to this degenerate days, the different sexes should sweetly attract each other, from societies of single families, of which larger bodies and communities are as naturally, mechanically, and necessarily combined, as the dew of Heaven in the soft distilling rain is collected by the all-enlivening heat of the sun. Government is therefore most definitely founded on the necessities of our nature. It is by no means an arbitrary thing, depending merely on compact or human will for its existence.
The power of God Almighty is the only power that can properly and strictly be called supreme and absolute. In the order of nature immediately under Him comes the power of a simple democracy, or the power of the whole over the whole.
. . . [God] the only monarch in the universe, who has a clear and indisputable right to absolute power; because He is the only One who is omniscient as well as omnipotent.
It is evidently contrary to that first principles of reason, that supreme unlimited power should be in the hands of one man. It is the greatest idolatry, begotten by flattery, on the body of pride, that could induce one to think that a single mortal should be able to hold so great power, if ever so well inclined….
The end of government being the good of mankind, points out its great duties: it is above all things to provide for the security, the quiet, and happy enjoyment of life, liberty, and property….
Government is founded immediately on the necessities of human nature, and ultimately on the will of God, the author of nature;…
… there can be no prescription old enough to supersede the law of nature, and the grant of God Almighty; Who has given to all men a natural right to be free, And they have it ordinarily in their power to make themselves so, if they please.
. . . The sum of my argument is that civil government is of God, that the administrators of it were originally the whole people…2
Signer of the Constitution, John Dickinson affirmed:
Kings or parliaments could not give the rights essential to happiness. . . . We claim them from a higher source – from the King of kings, and Lord of all the earth. They are not annexed to us by parchments and seals. They are created in us by the decrees of Providence, which establish the laws of our nature. They are born with us; exist with us; and cannot be taken from us by any human power without taking our lives. In short, they are founded on the immutable maxims of reason and justice. It would be an insult on the Divine Majesty to say that he has given or allowed any man or body of men a right to make me miserable….
Thus you prove, gentlemen, that the fatal act you allude to in these expressions, is destructive of our property, our freedom, our happiness: that it is inconsistent with the reason and justice; and subversive of those sacred rights which God himself from the infinity of his benevolence has bestowed upon mankind.3
The Founders had a similar vision to that of the Forefathers. John Adams stated to Benjamin Rush on February 2, 1807:
Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited. Every member would be obliged, in conscience, to temperance and frugality and industry; to justice and kindness and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence, towards Almighty God. In this commonwealth, no man would impair his health by gluttony, drunkenness, or lust; no man would sacrifice his most precious time to cards or any other trifling and mean amusement; no man would steal, or lie, or in any way defraud his neighbor, but would live in peace and good will with all men; no man would blaspheme his Maker or profane his worship; but a rational and manly, a sincere and unaffected piety and devotion would reign in all hearts. What a Utopia – what a Paradise would this region be!4
The Founders realized that the Constitution was not a perfect document, and Article V proves it. The debate goes on until today and has puzzled many with the absence of any mentioning in the Constitution about God’s moral laws as the foundation of civil government since they understood this to be true.
James Madison and others realized that the Constitution was in trouble by opening the door for the federal government to have total control of the nation by those who disregard the Sovereignty of God and His people. Ratified in 1791, the first Ten Amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, were enacted to supposedly restrain the government from infringing upon the freedom of the American people.
As more unbiblical, deceitful individuals have infiltrated the government; more laws have been implemented to dismantle America as a biblical Christian nation. The liberal–progressive–socialist agenda is close to completion if most Christians continue to look the other way or keep staring at the sky for an escapist pullout.
How many unconstitutional acts can you name that the federal government has legislated to transform the nation? How many elected officials profess the Christian faith yet make unbiblical decisions? How much do you know about your elected officials? Are you aware of how long individuals have worked to make irrelevant the most powerful document ever known and given to humanity with the greatest knowledge and wisdom to consolidate society with peace and progress? Do you know that document is the Bible?
The Christian generations of the last 229 years have missed their great opportunity to consolidate God’s will for the nation. What about this generation, are we going to rescue it or let it go off the cliff?
Every election determines the future of the nation; if the coming election is no different, we will have more of the same. The humanists are already salivating, and their hearts are beating with elation, believing that one more time their decades of success accomplished by lies will give them control of the next administration to complete their social engineering utopia.
We have very little time to convince God to give us a chance to turn this nation back to His ethics and morality. To that effect, we must pray with deep convictions and work very hard in doing our part by not electing enemies of God into office. We must be willing to sacrifice time, energy and finances to that end and side with Job of the Bible, and the pagan King Nebuchadnezzar who acknowledged the importance of siding with God Almighty:
“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” Job 42:2 (ESV)
“[All] the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?” Daniel 4:35 (ESV)