This post by Earl Taylor Jr. and the last one I added by Louis Stradling were mostly written by men that I met and learned from because of prayer and a sincere desire on my part to learn more about America, The US Constitution and What God would have me do to protect this Wonderful Country I was born into. I had served 3 years in the US Army as a Medic and had read, even studied the Constitution, But I did not know much about what made it work and work better than any government document had in the history of mankind. Earl, Louis, W. Cleon Skousen, Evan Mecham and others contributed to an education that I hope never ends as I learn God’s ways and seek to do His will in Family, Church, community and as an American. There is a lot to know but God has always written to the humble and not the proud. In other words most intelligent teenagers, even youth can learn and do what He teaches about life, even a nations government. If men are accountable then God gives us all a way to learn our responsibilities. Go to the link in the title to read all of Earl’s August NCCS.net Newsletter.
It is interesting that in our day when powerful forces are seeking to stretch the Constitution to almost unimaginable limits in order to gain more power over the people, in the Founders day it was just the opposite. As the Constitution was passed from the convention in 1787 to the states and the people for ratification, there was fear among some that the Constitution, even with all its limited, balanced, and strictly delegated authority, would destroy some of the rights of the people. Some feared it gave too much power into the hands of federal officials and that it would not protect the people enough!
The Constitution provided that as soon as nine states had ratified it, the new charter could begin operating. New Hampshire was expected to come up for a vote in June, 1788, and would be the ninth state to ratify. However, there was fierce opposition to the Constitution in that state. It was said that this new national government would rob the people of all their basic rights as citizens of New Hampshire .
God’s Hand Clearly Manifest in American History
Reverend Samuel Langdon did not want Americans to miss the dramatic demonstration of God’s influence in the events of recent years. He said:
“The God of heaven hath not indeed visibly displayed the glory of his majesty and power before our eyes, as he came down in the sight of Israel …. Nor has he written with his own finger the laws of our civil polity, but the signal interpositions of divine providence in saving us from a powerful irritated nation … in giving us a Washington to be captain-general of our armies … and making us twice triumphant over numerous armies … and finally giving us peace with a large territory and acknowledged independence; all these laid together fall little short of real miracles and a heavenly charter of liberty for these United States.”
Again Reverend Samuel Langdon continues speaking to his states legislature:
“Let not men openly irreligious and immoral become your legislators; for how can you expect good laws to be made by men who have no fear of God … and who boldly trample on the authority of his commands?… If the legislative body is corrupt, you will soon have bad men for counselors, corrupt judges, unqualified justices, and officers in every department who will dishonor their stations….”