When we look at the original documents written by the Founding Fathers, we see a very religious group of men who publicly professed their belief in the principles of Christianity, and fought a war of independence to defend them. The writers of the Constitution all stated publicly that they were affiliated with one of the established Christian denominations present in America.
While it is true that there is no mention of God in the Constitution, the writers of that important document purposely left out a reference to Him, because they did not want the federal government establishing an official national church. They had left a country that had such a church and saw the excesses and abuses that resulted. Further, they did not want the federal government to have the power to “define” God. The Constitution was designed to limit the federal government, and the first 10 amendments to that document added additional restrictions. The states wanted to further insure the government was truly limited.
The First Amendment was “first” because of its importance to the states and to the people. The modern secular progressive community reads this amendment as meaning that, because the government should not establish a religion, they should not favor any one religion and remain silent when it comes to any mention of religion. Again, the mistake they make is to read what has come to be known as the “Establishment Clause”, and not the “Free Exercise” Cause. The whole point of putting these two concepts in the same amendment was to have a balance between favoring one religion over another and allowing individuals to publicly express their religious beliefs.
The Founding Fathers wanted to make sure that the government did not stifle the free exercise of religion in public. Such exercise is not favoring one religion over another, but rather allowing all religions access to the public square. As further evidence of the intent of the Founders, we need merely to look at the Declaration of Independence, which lays out the principles upon which the country was founded, and which underpins the basis of a Constitutional government.
The Declaration clearly states that there are certain inalienable rights that government cannot take away, and that those rights come from God. Further, that God is the Creator of all things and that He does, in fact, exist. Such a statement had not previously been so stated in any governing document in the Western World. So when we honor God in the public square, we are conforming to the principles stated in the Declaration of Independence.
Secular progressives (who dominate today’s media, Hollywood, and public education system) disagree with this stance, and will defend their position by referencing all the Supreme Court cases which support the silencing of free exercise of religion in the public square, and unfortunately for us, they are right. These decisions were put forth by liberal courts who based their decisions not on any precedents, but on what was a popular view in society at the time they decided.
Armed with these court decisions, the secular progressives have proceeded to try to force the elimination of any image of Christianity from the public square. They do not want any crosses on city or state emblems or symbols. No crosses on public property, along with the 10 commandments. Of course, those who are offended by the removal of those symbols are not considered, only those few who are offended by the existence of the symbol. The minority is protected from offense over the objections of the majority.
As Christians, we should continue to press our case, as those unprecedented decisions by the courts can be reversed. They were made by men and can therefore be overturned by men. We have the Founding Fathers and God on our side and the historic truth should, in the end, win out.Tags: American Constitution, Declaration of Independence, God in America