God and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights

What brilliant, inspired, strokes of the pen the founders made when setting this document, the Contstitution, to paper in 1787.  It laid out the template for our unique form of government.

But they knew it wasn’t perfect.

They knew they would still want to make changes–they knew they still needed to add a Bill of Rights–a list of the rights of the people–which ended up being the first 10 amendments to the constitution which were finally ratified on December 15, 1791.

The government is not allowed to break these rights especially freedom of religion–since this is one of the main reasons they left England for the new world.

For example, let’s take the first amendment:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,
and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

Now our founders were Christians and did believe in God as stated in their own words.

But they knew people would be practicing many different types of religions in our country over the years, for example:
Christians, Mormons, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and so on.  That’s why you will not find one statement on Christianity in our Constitution.
You will find God and the Creator.

Why is this the case, if they were Christians?

The basic foundation of our government is based on Judeo-Christian principles, but it is set up to protect the freedom of all to worship God in their own way–the religious freedoms they came to America to find.

They knew in order to make this republic work they could not establish a state religion and besides, again, that is what they fled England for–the freedom to worship as they choose.

So they formed the government and the Bill of Rights in such away that any religion would and could be accepted,
as long as that religion followed the laws of the Constitution and not just the laws of any one religious sect.

These are the five fundamental religious points the founders believed should be taught in school:

1. There exists a Creator who made all things and mankind should recognize and worship Him.

2. The Creator has revealed a moral code of behavior for happy living which distinguishes right from wrong.

3. The Creator holds us/mankind responsible for the way we treat each other.

4. All mankind lives beyond this life.

5. In the next life mankind will be judged for their conduct in this one.

These five tenets run through practically all of the founder’s writings. They sometimes referred to this as the religion of America. These five tenets could be the tenets of any religious sect.

These tenets are very simple and it is the way our founders wanted the whole Constitution to be. So, we the people, could read it and understand it.

The constitution is like the Bible in that it is for each one us to read and live by. It is not a collective thing, it is an individual thing.

In other words, pick it up and read it yourself, don’t go by what someone else tells you.

The Founding Fathers ideas on Jesus, Christianity and the Bible can be found at

http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=8755

Samuel Adams: This group of basic beliefs which constitute “the religion of America is the religion of all mankind.” –Wells, Life of Samual Adams, 3:23

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What am I thankful for?

These are some of the things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving 2010:

First of all, I am especially thankful to God for the time he gave me with my son Tim before his sudden recent passing.  God gave me 43 plus wonderful years with him.

But I did not know the depth of Tim’s relation with God until after his death.  There are so many stories I heard from people at his memorial service about all the things that Tim did for people by ministering to the less fortunate among us. I am very thankful to now be learning of them. I was amazed at all of the people that Tim touched in his life and at the packed room of friends that filled the room at the funeral home. It helped me find peace and to be thankful for the time that we had with him before his accident.

I am so thankful to my other children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, friends, and the other people that attended the service for their support at my time of need and I feel very thankful to have them in my life.

I am also thankful that God has allowed me to live in the greatest country in the world.  A country that has taken the world from ox carts to walking on the moon, a place where
one can pick up a hand held device and call a loved one anywhere in the world.  A place that give us the so many freedoms that we have or at least had– allowing us to have and to be and to do anything– as long as we do not harm another.

I am so thankful to God for his wisdom in picking some very great people over 234 years ago and for inspiring them to put a set of laws on paper and a limited and balanced structure for our government that allows us so many freedoms to make choices in our lives and to accomplish anything.  He handpicked people that sacrificed all they had to give us our freedoms.  I am thankful that some of the “big government” men of that day did not win out, and that the men that wanted limited balanced government did win. I am thankful to God that he has allowed some men of our time to have the wisdom to see what a wonderful thing the constitution is–men like Glenn Beck, Judge Napolitano, David Barton at www.wallbuilders.com, and Earl Taylor  at www.nccs.net, that helped open my mind to this great document. I am so thankful to God that He has now given me the drive to learn as much as I can and to be able to pass it on to others through this blog.

Lastly, I am so thankful for the people in the United States who are waking up like I am to the fact that we have to take our great country back to its original guiding principles–principles that I will be writing about in these very critical times before us.

There is so much to be thankful for and I hope you feel the same way.

What things are you thankful for?

-Bill

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God as the Foundation

“America’s founders embraced a previously unheard-of political philosophy which held that people are “…endowed BY THEIR CREATOR with certain unalienable rights..” This was the statement of guiding principle for the new nation, and, as such, had to be translated into a concrete charter for government. The Constitution of The United States of America became that charter.

Other forms of government, past and present, rely on the state as the grantor of human rights. America’s founders, however, believed that a government made up of imperfect people exercising power over other people should possess limited powers. Through their Constitution, they wished to “secure the blessings of liberty” for themselves and for posterity by limiting the powers of government. Through it, they delegated to government only those rights they wanted it to have, holding to themselves all powers not delegated by the Constitution. They even provided the means for controlling those powers they had granted to government.

This was the unique American idea. Many problems we face today result from a departure from this basic con­cept. Gradually, other “ideas” have influenced legislation which has reversed the roles and given government greater and greater power over individuals. Early generations of Americans pledged their lives to the cause of in­dividual freedom and limited government and warned, over and over again, that eternal vigilance would be required to preserve that freedom for posterity.”

–Our Ageless Constitution, W. David Stedman & La Vaughn G. Lewis, Editors (Asheboro, NC, W. David Stedman Associates, 1987) Part III:  ISBN 0-937047-01-5

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