We Cannot Restore Godly
Government in Ignorance
The First Prayer in the First Congress 1774
There are many inaccuracies being set forth as the truth among many patriots. Though well intended, it is often said, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." In the great magazine The New American, John White writes a wonderful essay entitled The One-Minute Patriot, only to flaw it with an accepted inaccuracy among patriots and conservatives.
Mr. White wrote, "Our Founders separated church and state, not God and state." Although I understand his point, this inaccuracy gives an improper view on several points.
I do not point this out to bring accusations against Mr. White or the John Birch Society. They are a wonderful group of patriots who have faithfully defended this Republic for many years. It is only brought to your attention as an example of how we have been influenced by this false modern concept of our government.
First of all, this statement gives unconstitutional implications. The federal government is not the state but is the servant of the States. It is, in fact, a creation of the States. This is where a lot of our problems stem from. The federal government has very limited power that was granted to them by the States, yet, their power is not directly from God. The federal government is to secure this covenant made between the existing States only in the powers granted to them by the States within the boundaries of the Constitution.
There is much confusion among those who are labeled by liberals as "right-wingers." You can find two extremes among these patriots. The first extreme is a watered down version of the "separation of church and state" myth. The second is the theory that the Constitution is secular and humanist.
The result is two divided camps among Bible-believing Christians. The one tries to cover-up this error by saying that "our founders separated church and state, not God and state." The other attempts to make the Constitution evil and Biblically in error. Both extremes are wrong.
All this stems from an improper view of the federal government. We have allowed what has been usurped to influence our judgment of what actually was. Only with a false view of the States and the federal government does it make the Constitution problematic.
Although, there are some things I wish were different in the Constitution some of these short-comings are not as they seem. Our system of government was set up in this order--God, the States (people collectively within the states), and then the Federal government. The reason why we don't find God or Christianity blatantly in the Constitution is not because it is secular but because of the level of authority.
The States, however, derived their powers from God because government is an institution ordained by Him. This can easily be seen in the State constitutions.
"WHEREAS all government ought to be instituted and supported for the security and protection of the community as such, and to enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and the other blessings which the Author of existence has bestowed upon man; and whenever these great ends of government are not obtained, the people have a right, by common consent to change it, and take such measures as to them may appear necessary to promote their safety and happiness." -Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776
"We, the people of the State of Alabama, in order to establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution and form of government for the State of Alabama:" -Alabama State Constitution 1901
"TO THE END, that justice be established, public order maintained, and liberty perpetuated; WE, the People of the State of Indiana, grateful to ALMIGHTY GOD for the free exercise of the right to choose our own form of government, do ordain this Constitution." Indiana State Constitution
The States, under the original view, were our governments. In the early days of this nation we practiced local government and believed that our fundamental right was to govern ourselves in our own State. Only within our State could we determine if they were acting according to God's Law because it was the States who were carrying out the God ordained institution of government.
However, the federal government did not derive its powers from God but from "we the people" which is defined in the Constitution as the States. What most people fail to see is that "states" and "people" are used interchangeably.
"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." -Second Amendment
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people." -Tenth Amendment
It was the States or the people who derived their power from God and the federal Constitution was a compact between the States. The federal government was a creation of the States and was intended to be subservient to the States. This is why they were not given any power to make any laws "respecting the establishment of religion or the free exercise thereof." It is not a question then, whether the federal government or the Constitution is secular, pluralistic, or Christian but to whom and what is the federal government under the authority of. This is why only the States can lawfully amend the Constitution.
The Federal government was to be whatever the States were since it is the creation of the States. However, they could make no laws regarding matters which the States did not grant them jurisdiction under the Constitution.
This is why the federal government cannot rule on any matter concerning the church. The First Amendment states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
The reason for this was because the federal government had not been granted any authority in the matter. Therefore, according to the Constitution they cannot make any laws regarding such because the federal government is subordinate to the States.
Secondly, there is no separation of the Federal government and the Church of Jesus Christ. The federal government cannot even issue an opinion on the matter. They are to be silent and cannot exercise authority in such matters. However, the church is duty-bound to have direct influence over the federal government.
Nowhere in the Constitution can you find the phrase "separation of church and state." It is a myth that did not even come into being until the Twentieth Century.
Thirdly, there is no separation of the Church and the States. The States alone can determine the influence of the Church within the State and federal government. These powers are reserved to the people or the States under the 10th Amendment.
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."
To say there was to be a "wall of separation between church and state" is absurd. The State Constitutions were very clear that they could collectively establish religion because that is what they did. Some even had an established state church where others allowed for freedom of Christian Protestant denominations but they still legislated Christianity as the State religion.
"XXXII.(5) That no person, who shall deny the being of God or the truth of the Protestant religion, or the divine authority either of the Old or New Testaments, or who shall hold religious principles incompatible with the freedom and safety of the State, shall be capable of holding any office or place of trust or profit in the civil department within this State." -North Carolina State Constitution of 1776
"SECT. 10. A quorum of the house of representatives shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of members elected; and having met and chosen their speaker, shall each of them before they proceed to business take and subscribe, as well the oath or affirmation of fidelity and allegiance hereinafter directed, as the following oath or affirmation, viz:
I do swear (or affirm) that as a member of this assembly, I will not propose or assent to any bill, vote, or resolution, which stall appear to free injurious to the people; nor do or consent to any act or thing whatever, that shall have a tendency to lessen or abridge their rights and privileges, as declared in the constitution of this state; but will in all things conduct myself as a faithful honest representative and guardian of the people, according to the best of only judgment and abilities. And each member, before he takes his seat, shall make and subscribe the following declaration, viz: 'I do believe in one God, the creator and governor of the universe, the rewarder of the good and the punisher of the wicked. And I do acknowledge the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by Divine inspiration.' And no further or other religious test shall ever hereafter be required of any civil officer or magistrate in this State." -Pennsylvania State Constitution of 1776
The problem is not, per se, the Constitution of the United States but what happened to the Constitution when the District of Columbia seized power by force when they temporarily gained power through the War of Federal Aggression in 1861-1865. I say temporarily because the battle over Godly government and States Rights is not yet over.
Having stated all of this, I am sure many will want to hold on to their sacred cows. However, nothing could be more telling than the Constitution of Maryland.
"That the people of this State ought to have the sole and exclusive right of regulating the internal government and police thereof." -1776 Maryland Constitution, Article II
"The Constitution of the United States, and the Laws made, or which shall be made, in pursuance thereof, and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, are, and shall be the Supreme Law of the State; and the Judges of this State, and all the People of this State, are, and shall be bound thereby; anything in the Constitution or Law of this State to the contrary notwithstanding." 2002 Maryland Constitution, Article II
Notice the night and day difference between the Constitution of Maryland in 1776 and the present one. A little study of history will show that America was turned upside down in the War of Federal Aggression. Because of the outcome of that war, the authority structure was turned on its head. Since the authority of power now rests with the Federal government this once slave of the States is now taking revenge. It has put the States to work in the cotton fields and is removing God from every fiber of our society. The reason why is because it has no right or lawful authority outside the Constitution and must remove what it sees as a threat to its power.
The real problem in this is not the Constitution or the original founding of this nation. The Constitution does not allow for the things we see being done today. It is the responsibility of the States to keep the Federal government bound by the chains of the Constitution.
When the Unionists won the war they were no longer bound by the Constitution for they could say it meant whatever they wanted it to say. There was no longer anyone to tell them no. This is how they could get the unconstitutional 14th Amendment to appear legitimate when it is actually de facto.
Although many people will argue for its legitimacy, it is in reality no law at all. It would never have been taken seriously by our Founding Fathers. Even the liberal book The Constitution: That Delicate Balance written by Fred W. Friendly and Martha J. H. Elliot agrees.
"It was the peculiar union of those who wanted religious freedom and those states, such as Massachusetts, which feared that the federal government would establish a national religion different from the one already established in their state, that led to the religion clauses in the First Amendment. Even after the ratification of the Bill of Rights, official state churches existed in several colonies such as Massachusetts and Connecticut well into the Nineteenth century, but the federal government was barred from interfering in religious matters.
The Fourteenth Amendment changed this balance--although not until the decisions of the mid-twentieth century. The idea that the due process clause prohibited the states from meddling in religious expression was first asserted in Cantwell v. Connecticut, in 1940."
The real problem is not the Constitution but that the Confederacy lost the war against the Unionists. For it was Unionist victory that brought about the Fourteenth Amendment and the change in the structure of power. Although many people in the North were deceived, they did not get what they bargained for. Now it is time for all of us to stand up for what our Founders established and what the South defended.
James Brown Jr. is the pastor of Union Christian Church in Martinsville, Indiana and director of the Independent Christian Action Network. You can visit their web site at www.theonomy.org. Pastor Brown can be e-mailed at email@example.com
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