Mayflower Maven | April 14, 2015
Please believe me when I say that it is a great time to be alive! Why? Because the times we are living in make us a pivotal generation. We have a great opportunity to make a resounding and reverberating impact in the future of our country.
If we do not do the right thing, future generations will curse us! But, if we do the right thing, they will bless us. I don’t know about you, but I choose to work hard for the latter.
To accomplish our generational mission, we must truly hunger and act upon the spirit of our founding.
How is the design of a nation determined? Every nation has its history, and ideas do have consequences. The particular design of America spans approximately 395 years, at the time of this writing. This span is from its inception up until today. It began in 1620, with the arrival of the Pilgrims whose mission and purpose are clearly stated in the Mayflower Compact, which in my view, is our first Constitution.
When you ask people in America, when was our nation born? They will probably say, in the year 1776. If you believe this, I have news for you. Our nation was not born in 1776, rather in1620.
Have you ever asked yourself, how did the early settlers and colonists govern themselves before there was a U.S. Constitution, at a time when they prospered and grew by leaps and bounds in spite of the horrific challenges they faced? How did they become the envy of Europe and other much older nations? The colonies were the envy of nations such as Spain, France, and England, even Canada. They were all vying for the colonies. The word was out that they were doing something right!
Dear reader, if you are not acquainted with the spirit behind our founding then the Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights and the Constitution will make absolutely no sense to you. Furthermore, you are not acquainted with the real design of America. This is why even though many nations have tried to imitate and implement our Constitution in their own governments they have utterly failed. You must first know the spirit behind our design to understand the foundation of our national culture and our Constitution.
I could not say it better than John Adams, 2nd U.S. President, when he said:
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
“Always stand on principle….even if you stand alone.”
It is beneficial at this point to briefly name the basic forms of government known to the human race. They are seven:
Biblical Theocracy- God makes the laws and people obey them. This is not to be confused with religious or radical fanaticism or making God a religion. God is not a religion. God is God. God’s form of government was the first ever established in creation.
Monarchy or dictatorship- ruled by one person, this is not doable. No one person ever has total control of a people. There are always a powerful few who pull the power- strings.
Oligarchy- ruled by a powerful few. This form of government is the most used.
Democracy- ruled by a majority. Democracy is a lazy man’s form of government and the great love of cowards. Democracy has a dark side; it is temporary and commits suicide.
Republic- ruled by law and publicly elected officials.
Anarchy- ruled by no one
Constitutional Republic- our founders chose to be governed by a Constitution—by a people who acknowledged and revered the GOD of the Bible, and placed their trust in Him. Their aim was to form “One Nation Under God.”
Here are some fast facts about our Constitution:
- The U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1787. It is not a long complicated document. It is barely 9 or 10 letter-size pages long. It has seven articles and twenty-seven amendments. The first ten amendments are known as the Bill of Rights.
- It is interesting to note that, those first ten amendments limit the power of the federal government—the other seventeen have a tendency to grow the federal government.
- What is frightening is that the U.S. Constitution poses no threat to our present form of government because, for a long time, our government has functioned outside of the limited authority the Constitution affords. This is known as abuses and usurpations, exactly why we declared our independence from Great Britain.
- The U.S. Constitution should never be considered separate from the Declaration of Independence; because it is THE REASON FOR INCORPORATION and the Constitution are the BYLAWS.
- It is important to note that the Constitution is not a law in itself but a process by which we make good law. So never believe the lie that the Constitution is an old outdated document, which should be revised or replaced. Those who argue against preserving the original document say, it is impossible for the Founding Fathers to have addressed all the issues we would be facing in the 21st Century. They fail to acknowledge that principles never change with time or trends in culture. There are some principles in good government that should never change. It would be equivalent to saying that we should get rid of the Law of gravity. It is as ridiculous as to say we should rearrange the position of the sun because it is time for a change; it has been there too long. I think you get the picture.
- The Founders wanted to make sure that a tyrannical government would never oppress the people of the United States like the one they had separated themselves from, which is why they incorporated checks and balances in the Constitution to keep abuses from happening. They knew, that men have a sinful nature that must be kept in check at all times, if not inwardly by means of self-governance, then outwardly by force.
- They knew that good government should be limited and committed to protecting the individual rights of life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness through virtues.
- There were four basic principles that characterized this new country of ours. They were: self-governance, personal responsibility, free enterprise and volunteer charity groups to help neighbors in need.
We have clearly drifted far away from the original design of our beloved country. I don’t know about you, but I am all for getting back to the original one. Why? Because it worked!
C.S. Lewis said the following:
“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”
The best time to serve God and country is today. Decide your plan of action soon and let’s get busy.
God is not done with America, unless, America is done with God!