Bible and Constitution

THE BIBLICAL FOUNDATION OF OUR CONSTITUTION

 

By Publius Huldah
June 22, 2012
NewsWithViews.com

The English Puritanswho came here in the 1630s knew that the Old Testament has a great deal to sayabout civil government. And they came to build that shining city on a hill.

They did not comehere to escape from the World, to wait for the end of the World, and tosurrender it to evil.

And so - we became a shining city on a hill. The fundamental act of ourFounding, the Declaration of Independence, recognizes the Creator God as theSource of Rights;[1] and acknowledges that the purpose of civil government is simply to “secure” the Rights God gaveus. The Constitution we subsequentlyratified was based on God’smodel of civil government as set forth in theBible.

That is why our Country was so much better than what the rest ofthe World has been. For the most part, we followed God’s model for civil government;other countries didn’t.

The blessing whichflows from God’smodel is limited civil government which is under The Law. That is why our Liberty Bell quotes Lev. 25:10 – “ProclaimLIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof.”

In this paper, I willshow you Six Principles which come from the Bible and how our Framers appliedthem. In a future paper, I will show you Six Biblical Principles ThomasJefferson listed in the Declaration of Independence, and how those Principlesare also incorporated into our Constitution.


1. The CivilAuthorities are under the Law.

The Bible: God is The Lawmaker – the kings are toapply God’s Law.[2]

 Deut.17:18-20: The king is to write out a copy ofGod’s Law. He is to have it by him and read from it all his life so that he maykeep, observe, and apply it.
 1 Kings 2:1-4: King David on his deathbed tells Solomon he must conformto God’s ways, and observe his statutes, commandments and judgments, as writtenin the Law of Moses.

The parallel in our Constitution isthat theConstitution is the Supreme Law which the civil authoritiesare to obey.

Noah Webster’s 1828American Dictionary defines “constitution”:

“…In free states, the constitution is paramountto the statutes or laws enacted by the legislature, limiting and controllingits power; and in the United States, the legislatureis created, and its powers designated, by the constitution.” [boldface added]

Our Constitution is the Standard by which the validity of all Acts ofCongress, all acts of the Executive Branch, all judicial opinions, and allTreaties is measured and judged (Art. VI, cl. 2).

Do you see? Law comes from a highersource than the civil authorities. The “Rule of Law” prevails when thecivil authorities obey that higher Law – be it God’s Law or our Constitution.

Tyrants, on the other hand,claim that they are the source of law. The Roman Caesars, Stalin, Hitler,the dictator of N. Korea and Obama all claim that their will is “law”. Consider Obama’s usurpatious executive orders andrules made by his executive agencies. This is the “Rule of Man” – when the civilauthorities deny they are subject to a higher law (be it God’s Law or the 
Constitution), and hold that their will is “law”.


2. CivilGovernment has only limited and defined Powers:

The Bible: Whenyou read through the Old Testament, you see that civil government is limitedto:

 Military matters
 Enforcementof only afew of God's Laws – the laws to which apenalty for violation is attached (laws against murder, theft, bearing falsewitness, negligence, etc.).
 Judgesare available to decide disputes between the people.

Most of God’s Lawsare a matter of individual and family self-government (e.g., charity, familywelfare, education, don’t drink too much, work hard).

The parallel in our Constitution isthat it is one of enumeratedpowersonly:

 Congress’ Enumerated Powers are listed and explainedhere.
 The President’s Enumerated Powers are listed and explainedhere.
 The Judicial Branch’s enumerated powers are listed and explainedhere.

All other powers(except those listed at Art. I, §10) are retained by the States or the People. “Self-government”means that as individuals, we govern ourselves in accordance with the laws ofGod [or the “Natural Law”]. It doesn’t mean that we elect representatives tomanage our lives for us!

Tyrants claim the power to do whatever they want.


3. CivilGovernment is divided into Three Parts:

The Bible: Isaiah33:22 says The Lord is our "judge", "lawgiver", and"king"!

The parallel in our Constitution isthat the federal government is divided into three branches: Judicial,legislative, and executive.

No human can betrusted with all three functions, so our Constitution separates them into threebranches, with each branch having checks on the powers of the other branches.

Tyrants seek to exercise all three functions. Obama is makingCongress irrelevant: When they refuse to pass a law he wants, he implements it by “executive order” or “agencyregulation”. He’s making the judicial branch irrelevant by ignoring theirdecisions which go against his will.


4. The CivilAuthorities promise to obey the Higher Law.

The Bible: The king promises to obey God’s Lawsand to apply God’s Laws in the kingdom; and the people pledge themselves tothis promise:

 King Josiah’s covenant at 2 Kings 23:1-3: King Josiah called all the people together and in theirpresence, read aloud to them the Book of the Law which had been found in thetemple. Then King Josiah entered into a covenant with God that he would obeyhim and keep his commandments and statutes as written in the Book of the Law.And all the People pledged themselves to this covenant.
 Joash’s(via the priest Jehoiada) covenant at 2 Kings 11:17 and 2 Chron 23:16.
 David’scovenant at 2 Sam 5:1-4 and 1 Chron 11:1-3.

Our Constitutional Oaths of Office:

 Art. II, Sec. 1, last clause: The President promises to“preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.”
 Art.VI, last clause: All other federal and State officers and judges promise to“support” the Constitution.


5. When theCivil Authorities violate the Higher Law, We must Rebuke them!

The Bible: The prophets rebuke the kings when they forsake God’s Law:

 Samuel rebuked King Saul (1 Samuel 13:10-14)
 Nathan rebuked King David (2 Samuel 12)
 AMan of God rebuked King Jeroboam (1 Kings 13)
 Elijah rebuked King Ahab (1 Kings 16:29 - 1 Kings 17:2; 1 Kings 18:16-20; 1Kings 21:17-29)
 Elijah rebuked King Ahaziah (2 Kings 1:1-18)
 Elisha rebuked Jehoram, King of Israel (2 Kings 3:1-14)
 Theprophets warned of the pending destruction of Jerusalem because of the sinsof King Manasseh (2 Kings 21:10-16)
 Thebook of Micah.

The Black Robed Regiment of Our Revolution: Some 237 years ago,our pastors were leaders in bringing about ourRevolution. They understood that the English king and Parliament wereimposing tyranny on us in violation of God’s Law.

In the Declaration of Independence, we rebuked the British Crown when we itemized ourgrievances and recited how we had petitioned for redress and had warned that ifthey didn’t stop the usurpations, we would separate from them.

But today, we don’t have enough clergy with the knowledgeand the spine to rebuke the federal government. Many don’t know what the Bible says about civil government,[3] and they don’t know ourFounding Principles and documents. Too many of our clergy just want to escapeor withdraw from the World, avoid controversy, and preserve their 501 (c) (3)tax exemption.

The Catholic Priestsare speaking out about being forced to provide contraception and abortion pillsas violations of their religious freedom. But they should be denouncing the HHSrules asunconstitutional exercises of undelegated powers.

Their goal should notbe to carve out an exemption for themselves from rules they don’t agree with;but to enforce The Constitution for everyone.

“Rebuke” does notconsist in saying, “I don’t agree” or “It violates my beliefs.”

A proper rebuke points out the Higher Law being violated,and demands compliance with that Higher Law – not with one’spersonal views.

Because the Priestshave focused on their religious beliefs, instead of on biblical/constitutionalprinciples; the discussion in the media has been about the percentage ofCatholics who use birth control – the implication being that since mostCatholics use it, the Priests are out of touch.

But if the Priestswould say:

 Obamacare is unconstitutional as outside the scope of thepowers delegated to Congress – themedical care of the People not being one of the enumerated powers; and
 TheHHS rules are unconstitutional as outside the scope of the powers granted tothe Executive Branch, and as in violation ofArt. I, § 1 which provides that only Congress may make laws;[4]

Then, they would make a proper Rebuke. And the discussion would be where it should be: onthe enumerated powers of Congress and the unconstitutionality of rule-making byexecutive agencies.

So! The purposes ofRebuke are to Warn and Teach:

 To warn the civil authorities of their violations of the Higher Law,and
 To educate the civil authorities and The People about the Higher Law.

The Constitution is a theological document! Itis the job of our clergy - Catholic, Protestant and Jewish - to know this. Andto defend God’s Word as expressed in our Constitution. God requires ourclergy to take an active role in protecting the People from a civil governmentwhich violates the Higher Law – be it God’s Law or our Constitution which isbased on God’s Law.

We The People must also rebuke the federal governmentwhen they violate our Constitution. We do it by posting on line, talking tofriends, family, and everyone else within our spheres of influence. Stick toPrinciples - avoid personal opinions. Cite the provision of our Constitutionthey violated; or as is usually the case, show that what they have done is notan enumerated power. 
When they have town hall meetings, rebuke them there. Watch this magnificent woman andsee how it is done!


6. ThePeoples’ Obligation to obey the Civil Authorities is conditional upon the CivilAuthorities obeying the Higher Law.

The Bible: As shown by the Scripture at Principle4, civil government is a covenant between God, the king, and the People. Godmakes the Laws; the king promises to obey and apply those Laws; and the peoplepledge themselves to the Covenant.

Out of thisrelationship between God, the king and the people, arises the peoples’obligation to protest lawlessness on the part of the king. If they don’tprotest, God punishes the people because of the misdeeds of their kings – thepeople will suffer if they go along with the unlawful acts:

 God sent a 3 year famine because Saul put the Gibeonites todeath (2 Sam 21).
 Godsent a pestilence which killed 70,000 Israelites because David took the census(1 Chron 21 & 2 Sam 24).
 God(via Elijah) sent a famine because Ahab & his house forsook thecommandments of the Lord (1 Kings 16:29-33, 17:1, 18:1, 18:17-19).
 Godstruck a heavy blow at Joram’s people because of Joram’s wickedness (2 Chron21:1-14).
 Godvisited 4 dooms upon Jerusalem & the Southern Kingdom because of the sinsof Manasseh (2 Kings 21:10-17 & Jer 15:3-4).

The parallel in our Constitution is this: WhenCongress makes a law which is outside the scope of its enumerated powers, it isno “law” at all, but isvoid;and we have no obligation to comply.Alexander Hamilton says this over and over in The Federalist Papers. Here are afew examples:

“…If the federalgovernment should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make atyrannical use of its powers, thepeople, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standardthey have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to theConstitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify…” (Federalist No. 33,5th para). [boldface added]

“…acts of … [thefederal government] which are NOT PURSUANT to its constitutional powers … will[not] become the supreme law of the land. These will be merely acts of usurpation, and willdeserve to be treated as such…” (FederalistNo. 33, 6th para). [boldface added]

“…every act of adelegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it isexercised, isvoidNo legislative act …contrary to the Constitutioncan be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm …that men … may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what theyforbid.” (Federalist No. 78,10th para). [boldface added]

Hamilton also tellsus that Congress can’t usurp powers unless the People goalongwith it! In Federalist No.16 (nextto last para), he points out that because judges may be “embarked in a conspiracy with thelegislature,” the People, who are “the natural guardians of the Constitution,”must be “enlightened enough to distinguish between a legal exercise and anillegal usurpation of authority.”

So! Hamilton applies the Biblical model of what WEare supposed to do when the federal government acts outside of theConstitution. We are to recognize thattheir acts are “void,” and We are to take whatever prudent measures arenecessary to enforce the Constitution.


What can We do?

Hamilton tells you to LEARN the Constitution; demand that federal and State officialsobey it; and don’t go along with them when they violate it!

READ our Declaration of Independence and Constitution until youbecome familiar with them. Stick to original sources (e.g., The FederalistPapers) and beware of the ignorant know-it-alls with their crazy theories.

REBUKE officials and judges who violate the Constitution! Specify the violation.Usually, the violation is that what they did is not an enumerated power.


Endnotes:

1. Here areexpress references to God in our Declaration of Independence:

• …TheLaws of Nature and of Nature’s God…
• …endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…
• …appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of ourintentions…
• …with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence…
Our Constitution at Art. VII, last clause:
• …in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven…

2. “Lex, Rex”– the Law is above the king! Not“Rex, Lex.”
3. Romans13 must be read in pari materiawith everything the Bible says about civil government!

The falsedoctrine of “divine right of kings” is based on ignoring the numerous OldTestament provisions addressing civil government. Romans13 actually says thatthe civil authorities are God's ministers and agents, and if we are"good" we have no cause to fear them; but if we do "evil"we do have cause to fear them.

So! Whenreading Romans 13, Titus 3:1 & 1 Peter 2:13-14, we must keep in mind thatit is God who decides what is "good" and what is "evil".God never gave civil authorities the power to define "good" and"evil"; and God never gave them autonomy. Bad theology is, and has longbeen, the cause of much evil. And Pride keeps it going.

4. ArticleI, §1 says:

“Alllegislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the UnitedStates, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”

Onlyelected Senators (Art. I, §3, cl. 1) & popularly elected Representatives(Art. I, §2, cl. 1) may exercise legislative powers. Our Constitution doesn’tpermit unelected bureaucrats to make laws. Federal judges have disgraced theBench by permitting rule-making by executive agencies. PH.

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