Three “Cs” made America great: Christianity, capitalism and the Constitution. These are the pillars on which our nation was founded and on which it stands today. Remove any of them and America will likely collapse.
An essential part of what sets America apart from other countries is the incredibly unique document that broadly defines our laws and rights: the Constitution. As we celebrate Constitution Day on Friday, September 17, now is the time to reflect on the document that has governed our nation since its inception.
The Constitution is not divinely inspired and infallible like the Bible, but its sheer brilliance as a founding document of our government reveals God’s blessing upon it.
A surprisingly powerful aspect of the genius of our Constitution is that it can be changed. Our founding fathers recognized their own imperfections. They did not claim to have created a perfect union, but rather a government striving for “a more perfect union”. They enabled future generations to extend and codify in law unforeseen freedoms in 1789.
But they also built borders around the Constitution, to prevent rash decisions or shifting cultural winds from enacting damaging changes that do not reflect who we are as a nation.
Our Constitution, in particular the first 10 amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, in no way empowers the government at the cost of restricting the freedom of citizens. Either way, he sees power as an inherent asset of the people, not of the politicians. The purpose of the Bill of Rights is to explicitly list the rights that were the exclusive property of the people and to limit the power of government.
This document that restricts government and holds citizens accountable has made America great. The Constitution does not give you a set of dos and don’ts. Instead, it acts as a border for the government.
The government cannot prevent you from practicing or abstaining from religion as you see fit. And despite what the governors of California, Michigan, Virginia, or New York may say, the government can’t stop you from meeting, praying, or even singing.
The government cannot restrict your freedom of speech, even if what you say is offensive or scandalous.
The government cannot prohibit you from owning weapons to protect yourself, your family or your property.
The government cannot take your private property unless it is needed for public purposes, and even then it has to pay you for it.
The government cannot send the police to your home to inspect the premises without probable cause because they must have a search warrant signed by a judge.
The government cannot deprive you of your life or your liberty without due process – a right that should end abortion if politicians only had the courage to act on the personality of each individual.
And the federal government must leave decisions to state governments, unless expressly stated otherwise in the Constitution. That alone should put an end to a lot of what Washington is doing, because the Constitution just doesn’t give Congress that much power; instead, the Constitution grants that power to us, the citizens.
What does this mean for the votes we cast? The Constitution grants states the power to set the conditions for voting. But Democrats in Congress are working hard to rob us of that power through a dangerous law called the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (HR 4). This bill gives Justice Department bureaucrats almost unlimited power to veto new election laws in every state.
As a concerned citizen and honorary president of My Faith Votes, an organization that equips and motivates millions of Christians to vote in every election, I see this type of electoral “reform” as a threat to the very foundation of our republic. constitutional.
The title deed of our freedom resides in the extraordinary document that we call the Constitution. In our current political climate, I am convinced that many of our judges and members of Congress have not even read the contents of this act.
But that’s no excuse for us.
As we commemorate Constitution Day, I encourage you to read this incredible document. Let it motivate you to be an engaged and informed citizen. And may he remind you of your love for the country he built.
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