U.S. Constitution: We the People vs. God
The following is an excerpt from chapter 3 of a free online book entitled Bible Law vs. The United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective by Ted Weiland.
As Weiland writes in the preface:
“Most Americans believe what they have been taught about the founding of our government and are content to leave it at that.
The first one to plead his cause seems right, until his neighbor comes and examines him. (Proverbs 18:17, NKJV)
Most Christians are thrilled to think our nation’s founding document was written by Christians and inspired by the Bible, and they don’t want to be told otherwise.
The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going. (Proverbs 14:15)
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
With this book, I hope to motivate you to think about the Constitution, a document few Americans have read and to which fewer still have given any serious thought, especially from a Biblical paradigm. More importantly, I hope to inspire you to study Yahweh’s law and esteem it as did the Psalmist, who declared his love for the law seven times in Psalm 119.” (from the preface)
[excerpt from chapter 3]
Constitutionalists often claim the United States Constitution was divinely inspired, and it was – by the new god known as WE THE PEOPLE. Yahweh was formally abandoned when the constitutional framers penned the first three words of the Preamble and put their signatures to the social compact. WE THE PEOPLE became the national replacement for Yahweh:
Article VI, Clause 3 of the Constitution [“no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust”] closed the door judicially to any transcendent god beyond the political order itself. The Constitution is therefore an apostate covenant; a wholly new god is ordained in it, a god acknowledged by the Framers in order to ordain it and ratify it: the American People.
The idea that WE THE PEOPLE represents a new god will prove difficult for many readers. Let me defer to the inescapable truths of government and religion as presented by R.J. Rushdoony. Note his second point particularly:
- Law is in every culture religious in origin.
- The source of law is the god of that society.
- In any society, any change of law is an explicit or implicit change of religion.
- No disestablishment of religion as such is possible in any society.
- There can be no tolerance in a law-system for another religion.
Let me elaborate upon these points one at a time.
Point #1: “Law is in every culture religious in origin.” There is no such thing as non-religious or morally neutral laws. All laws reflect a society’s morality, and are therefore religious in both origin and nature. Because there is no morality outside Yahweh’s morality, as codified in His commandments, statutes, and judgments, any legislation not in agreement with Yahweh’s law is legalized immorality.
Point #2: “The source of law is the god of that society.” Consider the following definition of “theocracy”:
[A] form of government in which God or a deity is recognized as the supreme ruler….
Not all theocracies are Christian. Some are Jewish, Hindu, Islamic, Buddhist, and some are secular. There is no escaping theocracy. A government’s laws reflect its morality, and the source of that morality (or, more often than not, immorality) is its god. It is never a question of theocracy or no theocracy, but whose theocracy. The American people, by way of their elected officials, are the source of the Constitutional Republic’s laws. Therefore, the Constitutional Republic’s god is WE THE PEOPLE.
People recoil at the idea of a theocracy’s morality being forced upon them, but because all governments are theocracies, someone’s morality is always being enforced. This is an inevitability of government. The only question is which god, theocracy, laws, and morality will we choose to live under?