AMERICA'S ABSOLUTE CONSTITUTION
by CHARLES ROBEY
(MOODY AL USA)
In a recent Presidential news press conference, the statement was made that the US Constitution was not absolute, referring to the Constitution in general and the Second Amendment in particular. This comment, however, has virtually sparked social media afire, both pro and con on the subject.
As a proud American patriot, this particular remark was somewhat of a surprise to me, being accustomed in the past to our great Republic leaders praising our Founding Fathers.
The following excerpts are taken in part from Dr, David Jeremiah’s best-selling book entitled “The Book of Signs.”
“In the rotunda of the Capitol Building is a great painting titled 'The Landing of Columbus' depicting his arrival on the shores of America. And according to Peter Marshall, when Columbus discovered the new World, God had his hand on the wheel of the ship and brought it here.”
“President Ronald Reagan, one of our Republic’s outspoken patriotists, believed God had a plan for our Republic, stating, “I have always believed that this anointed land was set apart in an uncommon way, that a divine plan placed this great continent here between the oceans to be found by people from every corner of the earth who had a special love of faith and freedom.”
” The following quote was taken from the Internet. “The freedoms that we enjoy as Americans are a happy result of the biblical worldview. Religious freedom, freedom of speech, the right to privacy, and so much more of the Bill of Rights were derived from the Bible.”
Do you remember the infamous press conference mentioned above? Where did our free republic go wrong? How can we bring these cultural, religious and governmental mainstays back to life?
Lamentations 2:19 "Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the LORD. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint from hunger at every street corner."
Yes, America was founded on the divinely generated principles of our living Creator. Our founding fathers giving God credit for the ultimate blessing of our Republic.
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separation and equal station to which the laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinion of mankind requires that they should declare the cause which impel them to the separation. (Declaration of Independence)
And I myself, being older than dirt and twice as gritty, remember having had the good fortune to study our country's founding dictates in my high school civics class, including a carefully planned tutoring of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Federalist papers, and the like.
I realize that America is not perfect, since our freedom is made up of people and people are surely not perfect. But it’s kind of like the old battle scared soldier alluded to amidst the sounds and actions of war, if you can find a perfect fox hole, go crawl into it. As for me, I’m staying put.
After watching this press conference, I can’t help but ask why, when and how in America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, did certain mainstays of America’s civil and religious history come to break down?
Where did our free republic go wrong? How can we bring these cultural, religious and governmental mainstays back to life again? Let us move on to the heart of the matter. The main subject of this blog is the Constitution's Second Amendment.
This one dictate, according to the infamous press conference, is not absolute.
“A well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
The key word here, 'infringed' is explained by such synonyms as 'trespassed, disobeyed, invaded.' Absolutely, this all-important Second Amendment is never to be infringed, for its principle is and has always been absolute.
According to Dr. Larry P. Arnn, the president of Hillsdale College said, “The framers of the American Constitution combined the best political ideas of the past with innovations in what The Federalist called an improved science of politics: federalism, separation of powers, and checks and balances. Doing so, they created a form of government which had, in the words of James Madison,” no model on the face of the earth."
“Because men are not angels, government is necessary. Because no man stands to another as God to man, or as man to beast, government must be based on consent. The moral foundation of the Constitution is in the Declaration of Independence and its principle of equal rights. Under the Constitution, government was to be limited to protecting those rights.”
"In recent decades, the way our government operates has departed from the Constitution. It has become less limited, and our liberties less secure. At the same time, true civic education in America-education in the Constitution-has largely died out.”
With respect to his rendering, I shout a big “Amen!” May I continue? Thanks! It's high time our great Republic returned to its roots, to our founding rights and privileges.
‘We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. (The US Constitution)
“We hold these truths to be self-evident. That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." (The Declaration of Independence)
A meaningful shift in the way our country is governed depends not on politics but on Scripture, not on today’s social buzzwords or media headlines. This perceived essence of America's social turmoil must never result in a society that has turned its back on God.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (II Timothy 3:16-17)
Can we keep our God granted fundamental freedom and rights? I surely pray so.
According to Dr. James McHenry, one of Maryland's delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787, a lady asked Dr. Benjamin Franklin at its conclusion, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" Benjamin Franklin replied, "A republic...if you can keep it. “
I conclude by quoting a phrase from the last paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, "… appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions…" To this I shout a big Amen!
We are indeed living in troublesome times. We should not be blinded by today’s cultural upheavals, and not marginalize the impact these trends are having on faith-based living.
This is a time when, in order to survive, we must remain true to our living Creator, God, family and country, in that order.
“Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” (Warren Buffett) My interpretation, “We true patriotic Americans are enjoying today’s freedom shade, because our founding fathers planted those trees of liberty.
America’s founding fathers insisted on the God-given principles of freedom. Because they did so, America has been divinely blessed as no other nation since Israel.
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34)
My parting prayer. Father God, I’m so unsettled within my spirit that my soul trembles within me. I know you are still our all-powerful, all-knowing Redeemer. I know you still place the just and unjust in authority according to Your perfect will. (Daniel 2:21) I know you reward good and punish evil (Genesis 12:3) with respect to Your people Israel. And I know from personal ongoing experience, that You love and protect Your own. (Galatians 3:26) Thank You for Jesus (John 3:16) and Your Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26) to lead me and guide me into all truth, (John 14:26) in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!