The Perfect Union of Church and State
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
These are the opening declarations of the United States Constitution, still widely considered to be the most important document in American history.
The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of The United States of America.
It was framed by our country’s lawmakers and elected representatives in 1789, to declare the purpose and intent for the laws that they agreed to be commonly subject to.
In the above preamble (opening statement) to the Constitution of The United States, six common goals are set forth to be achieved for the common good of the people.
Of these six goals, the first and the last were the broadest strokes of their pen; Forming a more perfect Union, and securing the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity.
It is always important to understand a speaker or writer’s meaning and intent of the words they express.
So, let’s first look at what are Blessings?
My Google search provided the following result before all others:
God's favor and protection
While current history has allowed a more liberal usage of the word blessing, not always attributing it to our Creator, the term does still indicate a benefit derived from a higher authority.
And what is Liberty?
Liberty is meant here as “freedom from control”.
So, to “secure the Blessings of Liberty” should mean that there was a common intent in the hearts of these lawmakers to secure for themselves and their Posterity (this includes you and I) the freedom from control that is exclusively derived from the favor and protection our Creator provides.
All Christians should know the freedom that Jesus promises to those who believe in Him: "If the Son sets you free, then you are truly free" (John 8:36)
Those wise lawmakers from the beginning of our nation, the ambassadors sent together out of the particular States to frame this new Constitution, were all believers in an Almighty God, and his Son as the source of our Blessings of Liberty.
They emphasized the benefit of having our Creator's presence in our lives, and that our laws should be derived from His guidance and wisdom.
There was never an intent to dislodge God from our governance, as atheists and secularists want to have us believe.
On the contrary! The framers of the Constitutions all looked to God for guidance in their personal lives, and in the ways of running government.
According to Wikipedia: No US president thus far has been openly an atheist or an adherent of any non-Christian religion.
Our current President Barack Obama was baptized into the body of Christ in 1988.
Our elected representatives at the highest level of government have been, and continue to be keenly aware of the existence of God, our eternal salvation through Jesus Christ, and our necessary dependence on our God for the most beneficial way of life to be achieved.
And rightly so!
There have always been a wide majority of citizens in the United States who believe in God and Jesus Christ.
Our elected officials should necessarily represent the majority of the people.
We want them to represent the majority of us, defending our beliefs and attaining our hopes and dreams.
Personally, as a believer in God and Jesus Christ, I consider the Bible as God's word given for our benefit.
God tells us through the prophet Isaiah "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts". (Isaiah 55:9)
God also tells us through the Apostle Paul that as Christians, we now have the mind of Christ and the wisdom of God is formed within us! (1Corinthians 2:16)
To elect a person that can demonstrate a willingness and ability to carry out their duties in the counsel of God's higher wisdom and thoughts is a far better idea than electing someone who only has access to the counsel of ordinary men!
In predominantly Islamic or Hindu cultures around the world, the laws also tend to promote the more common spiritual beliefs of the majority of people, just as here in America.
Not only does the United States Constitution promote the value of having God in our federal government, but the individual state constitutions do also, and sometimes even more so!
Let’s look at preambles from current State Constitutions, each formulated and put into effect in the various states, some framed as early as 1776, and others as framed as late as 1878.
North Carolina Constitution:
We, the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for the preservation of the American Union and the existence of our civil, political and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those blessings to us and our posterity, do, for the more certain security thereof and for the better government of this State, ordain and establish this Constitution.
We, therefore, the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe, in affording us, in the course of His providence, an opportunity, deliberately and peaceably, without fraud, violence or surprise, of entering into an original, explicit, and solemn compact with each other; and of forming a new Constitution of Civil Government, for ourselves and posterity; and devoutly imploring His [God’s] direction in so interesting a design, do agree upon, ordain and establish, the following Declaration of Rights, and Frame of Government, as the constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
WE, the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
We, the people of the State of Florida, being grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, in order to secure its benefits, perfect our government, insure domestic tranquility, maintain public order, and guarantee equal civil and political rights to all, do ordain and establish this constitution.
Humbly invoking the blessings of Almighty God, the people of the State of Texas, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
We, the people of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings, do establish this Constitution.
We, the people of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this constitution.
Section 16: Free exercise of religion; no establishment of religion:
“That religion or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and, therefore, all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.
(See there, Virginia legally is for lovers!)
No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burdened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but all men shall be free to profess and by argument to maintain their opinions in matters of religion, and the same shall in nowise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.
And the General Assembly shall not prescribe any religious test whatever, or confer any peculiar privileges or advantages on any sect or denomination, or pass any law requiring or authorizing any religious society, or the people of any district within this Commonwealth, to levy on themselves or others, any tax for the erection or repair of any house of public worship, or for the support of any church or ministry; but it shall be left free to every person to select his religious instructor, and to make for his support such private contract as he shall please”.
Whereas, all government ought to be instituted and supported, for the security and protection of the community, as such, and to enable the individuals who compose it, to enjoy their natural rights, and the other blessings which the Author of existence has bestowed upon man; and whenever those great ends of government are not obtained, the people have a right, by common consent, to change it, and take such measures as to them may appear necessary to promote their safety and happiness.
Our Constitutions are in effect as governing law for a people who are, by majority, grateful to our Creator for His deliverance from harm, His guidance into a life of tranquility and prosperity, and His benevolence in bestowing good gifts toward us.
It is plain to see that our county's founders never had any intent to remove God from government.
They specifically recognized God as our Creator, the Supreme Being under which we achieve our blessings, happiness and liberty.
Jesus, the very Son of God, boldly stated, "Only God is good".
And James, a disciple of Jesus, teaches "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above". (James 1:8)
Allow me to clear up another point concerning the intent of the law in respect to religion.
First, you must understand that spirituality means "of, or pertaining to the spiritual realm".
In the Bible, Jesus says that "God is a Spirit, and they who worship Him must do so in spirit and in truth". (John 4:24)
The Bible also says we are created in God’s image, so we are, by original design, spirits too.
How else could we worship in spirit if we were not also a spirit?
And why tell us we must worship God in spirit if it was not something new we had to learn?
Spirituality pertains to spirits interacting with their spirit, not with just emotions and ordinary thinking.
Religion is actually different than spirituality, even though they are related.
Religion pertains to "a system of religious attitudes and beliefs, and the practices they inspire".
It is important to understand this difference, so to discern the true intent of the law regarding religion.
The signers of the Constitution believed that a person’s spirituality was strictly a matter between that person and their God.
And how we choose to worship religiously should not be dictated by law.
In 1791, the Constitution had 10 new Articles amended to it, collectively referred to as "The Bill of Rights".
The First Article amended to the U.S. Constitution defines religious freedom.
U.S. Constitution: Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or 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.
So, there can be no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...
The intent here is to be sure there is no law telling people what religious belief to follow, nor a law keeping anyone from freely expressing their religious beliefs.
If there is no law, then there is also no lawful judicial authority to prohibit the free expression of religion either!
Only the Legislative Branch of our government, which is Congress, has the constitutional authority to create law.
An exception may be seen in executive orders written by the President.
But these cannot diminish the effect of the Constitution.
The Judicial Branch (the courts) is established to interpret the law and the application of law on behalf of our government.
In some situations though, the courts can change law through a process known as judicial review.
The Supreme Court, whose judges are appointed by the President of the Unites States, rule over the inferior district and appellate courts designated and established by congress.
But even with such power, the constraints of the Constitution must be adhered to.
Neither our Judicial nor Executive branches can create the fundamental laws we are governed by.
That is the duty of the Legislative branch of government; i.e. Congress.
Yet, what we are faced with in our modern times seems like a judicial challenge to the freedom of people to freely express their religious beliefs openly in this country.
Again, the U.S. Constitution, Amendment I, says there can be no law made prohibiting the free expression of religion.
Spirituality, which is our fundamental personal belief in God, is not even being legally addressed here!
What is being addressed is the common expression of our spiritual beliefs, our rituals and practices: religion.
There can be no law establishing religion, nor a law prohibiting the free expression of religion, then there is nothing for the courts to interpret or apply.
Shouldn't it really be that simple.
Lawfully, I can make an open declaration about my spiritual or religious beliefs, and you can openly disagree.
Some might cheer my beliefs, others might complain.
I can say what I believe, and you can say what you believe.
It is not to be regulated by law.
It’s a personal choice, and we are free to express it.
And this right applies to everyone in this country, all the time, even if you work in the government!
People employed in government do not have their Constitutional rights stripped away, do they?
Nor are they demanded by law to perform and speak as though they have no right to be spiritual guidance.
Should the government ever have been intended to be void of God's guidance, would we have established the motto "In God we trust" on our monetary instruments, or erected the Ten Commandments plaques on our public buildings, or allowed placing a hand on the Bible before giving testimony in court, or the recitation of Christian prayer when opening governmental meetings across the land.
Anyone elected to speak in a public forum, such as at school events, in town meetings or in congressional sessions do not lose their Constitutional rights to express their spiritual beliefs, including their gratitude to our God for His blessings.
Restricting the expression of our religious beliefs in any context is broadly prohibited in the law.
So, why do we hear about the separation of Church and State so often!
This is what I found online at Wikipedia explaining the controversial idea of the “Separation of Church and State”, a fallacy frequently raised in an attempt by atheists and anti-Christs to quiet spiritual voices throughout our great land.
“The separation of church and state is a metaphorical description for the distance in the relationship between organized religion and the nation state. It may refer to creating a secular state, with or without explicit reference to such separation, or to changing an existing relationship of church involvement in a state (disestablishment)”
And further down in the article, the common reference to Thomas Jefferson’s letter regarding this issue of the separation of church and state was explained:
Thomas Jefferson was one of the country's founding fathers, and was a principle author of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
In English, the exact term "Separation of Church and State" is an offshoot of the phrase, "wall of separation between church and state", as written in Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802.
In that letter, explaining the U.S. Constitution First Amendment religious clause, Jefferson writes:
“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church and State".
Jefferson was describing to the Baptists that this particular clause prevents the establishment of a national church, and in so doing they (the Baptists) did not have to fear government interference in their manner of worship.
The Bill of Rights was one of the earliest examples in [the history of] the world of complete religious freedom (adopted in 1791, only preceded by the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen in 1789).
(End of Wikipedia citation)
No, we definitely do not want to be subject to a state dictated religion in this country.
Many countries around the globe that do this create oppressive lifestyles for many!
And yet, our God wants to be acknowledged and thanked openly.
He warns us that He is a jealous God! (Exodus 20:5)
As a God of love, He most definitely wants the Good News of His blessings and what He has accomplished on behalf of all mankind to be shared with everyone.
As Christians, we are anointed and ordained as the ambassadors of God. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
Jesus teaches His followers to “Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole human race]”. Mark 16:15 Amp.
And now a final point, one which I hope will reveal why America has become the most successful, mighty, benevolent nation that heaven and earth have ever witnessed!
Our great nation was founded by men and women who believed in, and openly declared the providence of our Almighty God and his son Jesus Christ.
These great people personally acknowledged the sovereignty of God.
They sought His guidance.
They created governing laws that represented fairness and goodness along with freedom and compassion toward all citizens.
And they established a freedom from tyranny, placing the collective power and authority of this nation in the hands of the people.
Our great nation has continued to be a place of hope and dreams realized, a strong nation set on coming to the defense of the weak and oppressed throughout the world, with both love and power, as taught and demonstrated through the life of Jesus Christ.
Our greatest resource is our collective spirits being aligned with God's Spirit, leading the world as God leads us!
As the moral atmosphere in our country as been somewhat diminished over the last 50 years, and more hastily with each passing year, so has our global leadership and respect also waned.
As citizens in America are exposed to more and more culture and morality that is derived from anti-Christian thinking, our strength as a nation is becoming diluted.
Our country's traditional Christian way of thinking has served the world, inspiring us to become the peacekeeper and benefactor to so many people worldwide.
Why would we want to let anti-Christian morality and traditions be broadly established our land?
If the way of life that non-Christian religions have established throughout the world are to be so highly esteemed, then why are their citizens always trying to flee those lands to come to America?
Pick any nation on earth without a dominant Christian presence, and look at how the people are treated.
And look at how that country deals with the rest of the world.
The difference is obvious!
Sure, extending our abilities to liberate people from tyranny make look like bullying to some.
But those we are bullying are the real bullies out there; selfish tyrannical regimes, none of which acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Son of God.
So with our government founded upon and guided by Christian beliefs, our great land is more blessed by God, the Father of Jesus Christ, in our being joined to Him, rather than being separated from Him.
Only with God's involvement are we formed into that "more perfect union", the primary goal of the U.S. Constitution!
I hope that all who have read this message will be bold to openly profess your beliefs, giving gratitude for the goodness of God towards us.
Pray for our leaders to be continually guided by His spirit, that all will go well with us as a nation.
Vote for the people who demonstrate a desire to be led by God, and to have His Blessings flow upon our great nation!
Pray also that unbelievers would hear the truth of Jesus Christ and repent of their ways, that they might be set free, and receive healing and everlasting life.
"For God so loved the world that He gave up His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, so that those who hear the Good News and choose to believe in Him would not perish, but instead inherit an abundant, eternal life in the family of God".
As Jesus declared: "He that believes in Me will have everlasting life: and he that believes not shall not even see life; but the wrath of God will abide upon him. (John 3:36)
Spirituality and religion are personal choices.
But, no one gets to choose to believe a truth if they do not hear the truth told.
God gives us His word of truth to share, that others might hear and also believe!
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