Do you know what the preamble of the United States Constitution says? I thought it was different than what I read. Here it is for reference:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Pretty amazing, right? Well to understand it we need to break it down a bit. “We the People of the United States…” Our forefathers believed that the people made the decisions. The people had the power. They had come from a government that oppressed people. They weren’t allowed to tell their officials how they felt. So, in good and sound mind, they felt the people should make the decisions.
Today, we live in an country where the government makes you think you have the rights but do not. Although we have the right to vote, it appears we no longer have the right to voice our opinions regarding political agendas. In recent days, there has been an outcry for the recognition of homosexual marriage and the forceful behavior of our Executive Branch to force private insurance companies to insure things some people believe to be wrong. Here is an example:
When asked about homosexual marriage, the majority of the people (in various polls), state that it shouldn’t be recognized as a natural union. They believe that the union between one man and one woman is the right way to be. However, in various states, although the people have voiced this, the government has chosen a different path. The rogues of our political society have recklessly approved something the people have voiced they don’t want. Does that sound like Democracy at work? It sure doesn’t sound like our current leaders have the Constitution in mind, where the people have the right to vote about it.
Let’s look at why the Constitution was written:
- to form a more perfect Union
- establish Justice
- insure domestic Tranquility
- provide for the common defence
- promote the general Welfare
- secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity
First, our forefathers wanted to form a union that was “more perfect”. They knew it wasn’t going to be perfect, they just wanted it to be better than what they had. Next, the wanted to establish justice. When you define justice it is defined as “the quality of being just, impartial or fair”. This certainly doesn’t sound like our society today. Although our founders knew that this one was hard to achieve, they understood the importance of impartiality. Someone who is serving the people needs to be impartial and hear out the people. Then they can properly voice what the people want and vote as the people have cried out. We see today, many elected officials acting on behalf of corporations, organizations and their own desires. We no longer see the impartiality in the news when they speak. We no longer see the impartiality of the votes during sessions of Congress and we certainly do not see the elected officials speaking on impartiality when it comes to their state. We only see their agendas and desires being met.
Next, we see to insure domestic Tranquility. Our founders wanted peace, especially domestic peace. But how do you get domestic peace? Not by telling everyone that the other party is the bad guy. We can only have domestic peace if we work together. This was the main idea in this. They wanted every citizen to work together for the good of the country.
“Provide for the common defence” is a term used to describe the security of the nation. We all have one thing in common in the United States. We live in the same country and if we are citizens are to look out for our nation. Many times we see agendas that have nothing to do with bettering the country, just things to fulfill one’s evil desires.
To “promote the general welfare” is to encourage others to become citizens, join the cause of the country and live as you desire. This does not mean the right to do whatever, whenever. It means that in accordance with the law, to live peaceful lives giving yourself to others in order to have a society where others want to be a part of it. Sound familiar? It should. If you are a Christian, Jesus said the same thing. We are to live Godly, peaceful lives, serving others for the betterment of the Kingdom. Huh!?! It sounds like our forefathers had Scripture in mind. Now that goes against the grain of our current elected officials.
Finally, to secure the liberties for themselves and posterity. What does all that mean? Simply put, it means that they wanted to provide secure rights for all of their current society as well as for future generations. They did not have just themselves in mind, they had all of us in mind as well. They knew that society could not properly continue if you only think of yourself. We all need to think of others. We all need to serve others. We all need to understand that once our lives are completed, the next generation has to deal with the garbage or goodness that we placed in their laps.
As I study our Constitution, I am discovering that our current government forgot what they were supposed to do. They have forgotten the reasons our country wrote the Constitution. We need to remind them of what our forefathers meant. This is not an interpretation problem, it is simply a pride problem. However, we also need to pray for our elected officials as well. We know from Scripture that our elected officials are there because God allowed them to be there. Lastly, we need to pray that others, who have the gift of impartiality, are able to stand up and cry out for those who need it most, the people. We need other God fearing, Jesus loving, evangelical Christians to stand up and say, “Enough is enough! You have strayed from our forefathers vision and we are here to take it back.” So this November remember your vote counts.
There is more to come, but for now, God bless and encourage someone today.