The Catholic Defender: Without a Vision the people Perish
Our Constitution is probably the most important document since Constantine's "Edict of Milan" which principally gave the Church freedom. The foundations of many Nations would be founded upon Biblical foundations.
This year (Mid September 2019), the Constitution is 232 years old and this document provides important freedoms every American enjoys.
The Constitution of the United States was based from our Judeo/Christian foundations basing it upon the freedom of Religion and promoting Faith in America.
President George Washington said, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports… And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion… reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
Have you ever heard anyone challenge the United States Constitution? Liberals will attempt to make it a "living document" that can be altered because of time and changes in society. That was never the intent of the Founding Fathers who produced the Constitution.
In 1962 when our Government took out the bible from public schools, a drastic shift began to take place. The Supreme Court became secular making horrible Supreme Court decision such as Roe V. Wade and most recently accepting Homosexual Marriage. President Obama went around the world giving his apology tour bowing to foreign kings and claiming America was not a Christian Nation. Consider what the Democratic Party has done by booing God, by voting for the killing of babies even those born?
All this and much more are the result when you take out the foundations of our Constitution and replace our Judeo/Christian foundations giving way to Secular Humanism, Communism, Atheism, Socialism trying to make America like Eastern Europe where all these failed miserably.
Article I Section 8 concerns taxation, commerce with foreign nations, Immigration, citizenship, providing our Military, our Founding Fathers applied Leviticus 19:34 as a resource for building this Article:
You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you; you shall love the alien as yourself; for you too were once aliens in the land of Egypt. I, the LORD, am your God.
A small portion of Article I Section 8 states, "To be President, not only must you be a citizen, but you must also be natural-born." (Also Article II Section 1)
Deuteronomy 17:15 States, "you may indeed set over you a king whom the LORD, your God, will choose. Someone from among your own kindred you may set over you as king; you may not set over you a foreigner, who is no kin of yours."
There is much more, Consider our Three Branches of Government? Our Founding Fathers took Isaiah 33:22 as a means to explain our purpose:
"For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he it is who will save us."
The Congress makes the laws, our Judicial system ensures our laws are followed (supposed to) and the President acts as our leader. Not a king as the Lord is King, but someone who take the place to govern.
The point I am making is that our Constitution has so much biblical application that our Founding Fathers put into the whole text of the Constitution, it would be a distortion to the text changing those foundations.
President Trump often times will quote President Andrew Jackson identifying himself as being a maverick, an outsider draining the swamp that has become Washington D.C. President Jackson said, "The Bible is the rock on which our Republic rests". That speaks volumes.
President Zachary Taylor would add, "The Bible is the best of books. I wish it were in the hands of everyone. It is indispensable to the safety and permanence of our institutions." Public Schools use to teach from the Bible, it was a part of the curriculum which at times there were abuse, especially when issues between Catholics and Protestants were involved, but both sides place such a high importance to the Bible. Neither support the eradicating the Bible out of public life.
President Taylor continues, "Especially should the Bible be placed in the hands of the young. It is the best school book in the world. I would that all our people were brought up under the influence of that Holy Book." Since 1962 when the Supreme Court took out the Bible out of Schools, people have drifted away from our biblical roots and accepting the new radical humanistic logic being pushed in school today. The results are alarming as to the violence, the immorality, disease, divorce, rebellion, this just being the iceberg.
President Theodore Roosevelt, the one who once said "walk softly but carry a big stick", said, "The teaching of the Bible are so interwoven and enter-twined with our civic and social life that it would be impossible for us to figure what life would be if these teachings were removed." Consider when he said this in the early 20th Century? He didn't see our Country pushing Abortion on demand killing 60,000,000 preborn children, he did not see the Sexual Revolution that today 1 in 4 Americans have been diagnosed with a Sexually Transmitted Disease, and he sure did not know a time when over 50% of marriages end in divorce and today's attack on traditional family life. Again, this is the tip of the iceberg.
How President John Quency Adams warned of our times and issues today stating, "With regards to the history contained in the Bible, it is not so much praiseworthy to be acquainted with it as it is shameful to be ignorant of it." That is scary because as a Nation, our knowledge of Scripture has greatly reduced. I doubt if any of our Founding Fathers could recognize anything they would see today? By comparison, King George III might not have been so bad when looking at the swamp taking over today affecting all three separate powers of our Government today.
What makes the Constitution so important is that we have the means to right the wrongs we are dealing with today through the power of the vote, that men and women can rise up and turn things back around. President Trump has done much to turn much of what President Obama and others had been building on for several decades.
Benjamin Franklin, one of the signers of the United States Constitution wrote extensively on the importance for our country to hold fast to our foundations:
"In this situation of the Assembly, groping, as it were, in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of Lights, to illuminate our understanding.
In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers were heard, and they were graciously answered.
All of us engaged in the struggle most have observed frequently of a Superintending Providence in our favor. And have we now forgotten this powerful Friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?
I have lived , Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth that God governs the affairs of men.
If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that 'except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.
I firmly believe this; and I also believe without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel, and we shall become a reproach and a by word down to future ages.
I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth, prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven and it's blessing on our deliberation be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business."
What the Secularists have affectively done by taking over our Judicial system, by taking over our schools of learning, they have affectively dummied down our class so as to turn and sway many away and into darkness.
Dr. Benjamin Rush (December 24, 1745 - April 19, 1813) and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, is remembered as the "Father of Public Schools under the Constitution" (not someone taught or remembered by most today) said, "The Bible, when not read in schools, is seldom read in any subsequent period of life".
Without a vision the people perish, it is important that our Nation turn itself around and bring back what the Founding Fathers so clearly left behind. They left behind a vision that the God of Heaven wants to bless. What lies before us is an important choice. We can turn back to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, The Lord Jesus who came down from Heaven establishing His holy Catholic Church.
St. James writes this very important message that concerns the basis of this article:
"Know this, my dear brothers: everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath, for the wrath of a man does not accomplish the righteousness of God.Therefore, put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is able to save your souls. Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his own face in a mirror. He sees himself, then goes off and promptly forgets what he looked like. But the one who peers into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres, and is not a hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, such a one shall be blessed in what he does." James 1:19-25