I am not writing this post because of my belief in God. I am writing this post because of my belief in honor and respect. I believe that if we chose to live in a house we must honor and respect the owner of that house. I believe that we must maintain and preserve the bricks that form that house. This house in which we live, The United States of America was built on the foundation that there IS a God. The bricks of this house represent the belief that there are rights, certain specific rights that can only be given by God, and because of this – these rights are unalienable. If we do not want to live in a house made of these bricks – if we want to live in a house of wood, or of other bricks or stones – then we have one option, and that is to move to another house. We do not have a right to dishonor the blood, sweat, tears, and amazing faith and foresight that went into the building of THIS HOUSE! I believe this, just as I believe that if the day comes that we close our shores to immigrants – that is the day that we must return the Statue of Liberty – because we no longer have a right to it (but that’s another post).
“God who gave us life gave us liberty, and can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God?” Thomas Jefferson 1781
“In God We Trust”, these are words that frame every unalienable right that our Constitution protects. To remove our Trust in God, would be to nullify the Divine nature of those rights and so to nullify the rights that allow for this request in the first place. This country was established as a nation “Under God”. This country is inextricably tied to the Constitution. First God gave certain rights that, because they were Divine – were unalienable. Then came the Constitution, a document designed to protect those rights from abuse, and finally, from the Constitution, came the United States of America a Republic that exists as a manifestation of the Constitution.
In this country religious freedom is spiritually mandated. The right to deny God is, according to the constitution which established that right, one that is God given. And it is my deepest belief that the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written by divinely inspired men. In many words they carve out and protect the rights of the individual from the whims of men. I believe that a book or a document is divinely inspired if it lives. The Bible was, divinely inspired because it lives. If we remove the parts mandated by the era of the writings, the bulk of the teachings and lessons are eternal and pertain to the development of the eternal spirit within man. Shakespeare was Divinely Inspired; his writings are a reflection of the same spirit that lives outside of and through the limits of time and season.
The Constitution lives and evolves as is required to fulfill its purpose, and that is to guarantee that certain rights, those which are God given, cannot be controlled by the wealthy, the powerful, or the majority. It exists to protect the rights of the individual, and of the minority. It does not limit government as much as it limits those who are temporarily governing. A Democratically elected Legislature can be as despotic as dictator. As Thomas Jefferson stated when referring to the condition of many early democratic state governments, “An elective despotism was not the government we fought for . . .” (Notes on the State of Virginia, written in 1781-1782). He also wrote, “All the powers of government, legislative, executive, judiciary, result to the legislative body. The concentrating these in the same hands is precisely the definition of despotic government. It will be no alleviation that these powers will be exercised by a plurality of hands, and not by a single one. 173 despots would surely be as oppressive as one. Let those who doubt it turn their eyes on the republic of Venice.”
Countries are taken over, governments are replaced through military coup – all this is not possible in the United States because of our unique form of Republic. Our form of government guarantees that regardless of who or what group is in power, the country will remain the same because it is not subject to the actions of those who are in power; it is subject to the one Constitution which is always in power. We can amend it, but only so far as it clarifies the spirit of the document but does not change it. The foundation of United States of America is the belief that man is of Divine origin and through that Divinity he has been endowed, by his Creator with certain unalienable rights. These God given rights and their protection are the sole purpose for the existence of this particular nation.
“We pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of American, and to the republic for which it stands, One Nation under God with Liberty and Justice For All.” This country was founded so that whatever happens anywhere in the world, with any other country or form of government, there will always be, “One Nation Under God with Liberty and Justice for ALL”.
Believe in God or don’t believe in God but to attempt to remove God, bit by bit from the country founded on a belief in God given rights, and held together by a Constitution that protects those God given rights is not heretical or sacrilegious, it is un-American. This country was founded on a belief in God and held together by a firm belief in the God given rights that it exists to protect. That is the United States of America.
This country is not one built on streets paved with gold but on the belief in brotherhood. It is not one built on material power, but on the ultimate Divine equality of mankind and the duty and responsibility that is inherent therein, We may stretch the meaning of the nation like a rubber band, but like a rubber band, it will eventually return to its natural shape. It will return to the spiritual foundation upon which it was built and the only foundation that can eternally support any nation and any people, It is the ultimate spirit that inspired those who penned those documents which defined this nation. It inspired them to build something that had never before nor ever since been built, a nation based on faith in God and not religion.
It was the belief in this Great Spirit that kept the Native Americans rising up from the ashes refusing to be erased and finally earning their claim to the land on which their ancient ancestors were born. It was faith in this Spirit that impelled the Pilgrims to brave an unwelcoming land, and the African slaves to face each painful and humiliating day, to hold on through unspeakable suffering until reaching today, the highest office in this country. It was a Spirit that caused those who fought and survived the Revolution to put words on paper, which allowed for the eventual equality of all souls of every race, every religion, and every economic station, and every sexual orientation. Every tree, every flower, and every blade of grass that we see before us has grown from the blood of some soul who believed that here, in this place, on this land, in this nation – under God, there would be true freedom.
The framers of the Constitution believed that God had entrusted them with the duty to build a nation – from sea to shining sea, where these divine rights of man could grow protected from the corruption and selfish whims of man. As they were entrusted by God to build our nation, they then declared to the world that as Americans, “In God We Trust”. One cannot use those rights, that are unalienable only because they have been endowed by God to remove God.
I would like to say, that man can be moral and virtuous without a belief in some Higher Power, but I do not see that in the world. History has shown, that the most moral and virtuous people are those who believe in God – not the God of this religion or of that one, but the Natural God, the God of all living creatures on earth. Only through that belief, do we find taught and embraced the principles of Love, Brotherhood, and above all a Responsibility to all of God’s creatures. It can be seen in the Buddhists, The Amish, the Hasidim, and the Sufi. Each religion being different, yet the mandates for being true to the respective religions are the same, Love all Creatures as you love yourself.
This built our Constitution, our nation, and will always be the soft point of landing if we as a people should ever rise so high on ourselves that we fall.
If there is one subject that should be given at least an entire year in school, it is the Constitution of the United States – not Constitutional Law, but Constitutional Spirit. I truly believe that it would make us all much better Americans.