Archive for November 28th, 2009

A few months back, I participated in a discussion with a few other people at another site regarding whether or not the Constitution is a Christian document. To my surprise, the one person in the discussion who I thought would object to the idea actually affirmed that he agreed, although when asked for an example, he demurred. Things happened, as they always do, and the duties of meatspace soon drew me away from this discussion in the electronic ether.

Yesterday, we went to my in-laws house for dinner. After dinner, I went for a walk, and upon my return, retired to the living room. I thumbed through my copy of ‘The 5000 Year Leap’, which I received as a birthday present. When I went to set it down, I saw a copy of this on the side table:

I have always enjoyed reading David Barton’s work. He does a better job than most in documenting his sources, and this booklet was no different, with 13 of its 51 pages being citations, in 8 point text where the rest of the book is published in 12 point.

One of the discussion in it that caught my eye was his contention that our Constitution has been the most successful one ever drafted. And that political scientists had conducted a ten-year project to determine where the Founders had obtained their specific ideas for the Constitution. A study of over 15,000 separate writings from about that same time period were reviewed, with a focus on the political sources quoted at about the same time as the founding of the American government. 3,154 quotations were isolated and when the researchers traced the original sources of these quotes, they discovered that the single most cited authority was the Bible, over 34% of the time, and four times as much as the next cited source.

Barton then went on to point out that the idea of separation of powers had been acknowledged by Washington and Hamilton to have been inspired by Jeremiah 17:9, which records also show had been a primary sermon topic in this ‘Founding Era’.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? KJV'[All citations below will be to the King James Version.]

Other examples included:

Article I, Section 8 “To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization” and Leviticus 19:34 “But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.”

Article II, Section 1 “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President;” and Deuteronomy 17:15  “Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.”

Article III, Section 3 ” No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.” and Deuteronomy 17:5 “At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.”

Article III, Section 3  ” The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.” and Ezekiel 18:20 “The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.”

The concept of republicanism as set forth in Article IV, Section 4 “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.”  , and Exodus 18:21 “Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:”, which was cited by Noah Webster, the founder responsible for that Article of the Constitution, and affirmed by George Washington and John Jay.

The concept of three branches of government, mirrors that presented in Isaiah 33:22 “For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.”

While there are certainly those who will want to argue that this is all apropos of nothing, it helps to understand that this country has Christian roots, something that modern-day dissenters love to deny as a means to hide their thinly veiled contempt for Christianity, or their attempts to argue that it is no different from other religions, and certainly not a legitimate basis to continue upholding laws they wish to rebel against.

I have long maintained that the world is like a raging sea, and our society a small open boat upon its surface; storms frequently rage across the face of these waters, giving new meaning to the term “tempest-tossed”.  Christianity has been the anchor, helping us to hold our position in a sheltered harbor, and the line attached to it is the law.

For quite sometime now, Christians have allowed themselves to be chased from the public square, from the legislature floor, out of fear that they will be labeled “intolerant” by the new high priests of society, the politically correct.  The politically correct believe that the only sin is to offend, and that one can be offended by being confronted for having sinned.  The faithful followers of this new religion, a creature of Religious Humanism, spawned in the 1930s, keep gleefully hacking away at these anchor lines, and the farther the boat drifts from its anchorage, the more people listen as these “bringers of the new” (who actually bring the old and reject the new ) and their claims like “See!  There is absolutely no reason for that law at all!”  and these same people bob their heads in agreement, and then wonder why society is disintegrating, and why we as a nation do so many things that no simply make no sense.  And in a world where so many lack the grounding in the real TRUTH in the Bible, that used to be, quite literally elementary [Pay particular attention to the entries under 1787, 1802, and 1844, the last especially for those who want to declare the issue settled by Stare Decisis.], this really is a mystery to too many of the masses, who know, instinctively, that something is wrong, but can never quite identify it.  When you deliberately cut away your anchor lines, and set yourself adrift, then it is easy to first divorce the reason for the law from the law, and then to reject the law itself.

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