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The Covenantal Nature
of Our U.S. Constitution
By Dan Wrigley
By act of Congress dated January 19, 2004, the President of the
United Sates is requested to proclaim
September 17th thru September 23rd of each year to be “Constitution
Week.” By that proclamation,
citizens are encouraged “to observe Constitution Week,
in schools, churches, and other suitable places, with appropriate
ceremonies and activities.”
Built upon a foundation of biblical ideals, our Constitution
implemented the concept of self-government under God. As opposed
to monarchies, mob rule, and other forms of government where a
self-seated or arbitrary power declares the rules by which their
subjects shall live, the citizens of colonial America consented
to a covenant with God, establishing a form of governance under
Implementing self-government under a covenant with God, the United
States Constitution would yield one of the greatest nations
ever to exist. Since its
adoption, and America’s subsequent rise to greatness, many nations
throughout the earth have sought to replicate the liberty and
prosperity we have attained under that Constitution. Yet, none have succeeded in those aspirations.
In considering why other countries may have failed in their aspirations,
one must understand that it isn’t the document that has fostered
our liberty and prosperity, but rather it is the character of
the people that has led to those ends.
For it would be beyond naive to think that merely changing
the name of the country in the Preamble to our Constitution
could yield the same results in a land where people do not hold
the same beliefs about who they are, as the citizens of our fledgling
Country did when they ratified the Constitution.
In the likeness of ancient Israel who confirmed covenant with God
at Mount Sinai after He had delivered them from oppression in
Egypt, so did the American people confirm covenant with God in
1776 when they declared their independence from the British Crown
“with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence.”
This covenantal nature, which is common to the deliverance of both
ancient Israel and the colonial citizens of 1776, was an essential
characteristic of their ability to succeed at self-government. It would be a faulty presumption indeed to think
that any self-governing body politic could attain true liberty
and prosperity apart from Him who created the world in which they
lived, and then provided the rules of engagement.
Given that, it would behoove us to have a good understanding
of what a covenant is and how it has fostered the success of this
self- governing nation.
How Will God Vote?
By Elizabeth Farah
There is a teaching within the
Christian community that God ordains all leaders who take political
or religious office. The teaching goes like this: God is sovereign, which is to say,
has power to and does exercise His will and decree over all events
in history. All societies need governance. Governments require
leaders – these leaders are chosen by God and therefore, Christians
(as well as all mankind) must respect and obey all leaders. The
virtues espoused here are those of respect for authority and obedience
to the law.
If you are not
a Christian, you may never have heard this idea expressed just
this way. Your first question might relate to why God chooses
so many despots and murderers to be our leaders. Nonetheless,
all Christians have at the least been exposed to this teaching.
There are several
areas of Scripture that seem to support this teaching in its entirety.
But, sincere Christians desiring to please God and maintain order
may be applying this teaching too broadly and absolutely. If so,
what are the consequences?
I believe that
this kind of thinking leads to passivity, indifference, determinism
(as in Islam) and a loss of the power that God gives all who believe
and obey Him, as well as a rejection of personal responsibility
to, as some call it, “influence and occupy” the culture.
If God picked Bill
Clinton to be president, why should we fight his policies? If
God put Woodrow Wilson, FDR, LBJ and Nixon in office, why should
we fight socialism and social re-engineering? For that matter,
if the men and women who have made up the majority of our Supreme
Court for decades – most of whom I would be ashamed to have in
my home – are really God’s choices (through the presidents He
chose), then why should we object to abortion on
demand and the myriad heinous decisions that have eviscerated
our form of government and our freedoms?
if God chose King George to rule over the colonies, then our Founding
Fathers were ALL wrong, and we should resubmit to the UK
with our apologies. As startling as this might be, many, many
Christians believe our founders were wrong. Baloney!
While most parts
of this teaching are correct, the conclusion is wrong. Yes, God
is sovereign. But He chooses when we will exercise His
decrees. Sometimes – often – God allows men to make wrong decisions
and then live with the consequences.
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