December 25, 2010
God and the Republic
Progressives delight in proclaiming that God is not mentioned in the Constitution. But the Declaration of Independence does mention our Creator in the first two paragraphs along with the last. Our Declaration is the why of what our Founding Fathers did. The Constitution is the how. The Declaration is the foundation, and the Constitution is the structure or framework of our government. The Declaration is act one, and the Constitution is act two. Both acts make for a viable construct. Leave one or the other out, and the whole becomes incoherent.
What is the purpose of the Constitution? To set up a government that acknowledges our equality in God’s eyes (and yes, the equality stops right there, except for the idea that all men should have equality before the law in a courtroom) and allows us to exercise our “unalienable rights,” among other things. The Declaration states our independence from tyranny, and so the obvious need for the Constitution is at hand.
If progressives wish to discount our Declaration or discount God’s presence in the Declaration, then the purpose of our very existence as a nation becomes somewhat confused. The Founders created a constitutional republic, but why? For what purpose? The Declaration gives the why and purpose. A part of the Founders’ justification for declaring independence was that King George III “broke covenant” with the colonists for many reasons, and “covenant” is a sober biblical concept.