It’s true: the Bible cannot save you! However, it can guide you to the Person Who can — but you have to read it and embrace its teachings first. This is because salvation comes through faith/trust in the One True God in the form of Jesus Christ. If you let it, the Bible will teach you how to have a personal relationship with God, and how you can be saved through that relationship. In this sense, God’s Word (i.e. the Bible) is a guide to salvation, but not salvation, itself. The Constitution is very similar: it cannot save us, but it can help us keep from destroying ourselves. However, just like the Bible, you have to understand the principles behind it. In the case of Scripture, the Bible teaches faith, trust and love. In the case of the Constitution… Well, the principle is the same, but the way it is presented is a little different, and that is the point of this post: understanding the true relationship between the Constitution and the preservation of individual rights and liberty.
There are many who point to the Constitution, but there is one voice in particular who speaks in terms that suggest the Constitution is the source of our national salvation. This belief is driven by this person’s religious beliefs. When you hear phrases similar to ‘the Constitution is hanging by a thread,’ you need to understand that it is very likely a reference to the Mormon ‘white horse’ prophecy. In short, this prophecy says that there will come a time when the Constitution is in great peril, but the nation will be saved by Mormon elders who ride in “on a white horse’ — so to speak — and ‘save’ the nation by restoring the Constitution. To the Mormons, the Constitution is of divine origins. Therefore, by restoring the Constitution, the idea is they will be restoring God’s plan, which will lead to a new era of peace and lawfulness. In other words, Mormons see themselves as the ‘saviors’ of the nation because they believe they will ‘save’ the Constitution which will then save the nation. But this is all is all bunk!
First, the Constitution is not a divine document, but you would have to read and understand Scripture to understand why this is true. The Constitution is nothing but a vehicle: a means through which our nation can strive for the ideal upon which it was founded. But the Constitution does not contain that ideal. The founders assumed the people would understand that the ideal which founded this nation is contained in the Declaration of Independence. This is why I often tell people the Declaration of Independence is the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of America, the Constitution is just the ‘how.’ This means the Declaration contains the destination toward which this nation was intended to travel; the Constitution was just one vehicle by which we could travel toward that destination.
Now, let me return to my original analogy between the Bible and Salvation. If Salvation is the destination, the Bible is the vehicle that will get you there, but it is not what saves you. Your faith/trust in God saves you. So the Bible functions as a compass. It points you in the direction of your goal and warns you how to stay on the correct path. In the same way, individual rights and liberty was the goal of our founding fathers. Our Constitution was just the vehicle they created to help guide us in that direction, but it is not the source of our individual rights and liberty. To find that source, you must look to the Declaration, and if you look to the Declaration, you will find that it points directly to the Creator. But then, those who actually read what the founders wrote with their own hand and not what politically motivated ‘historians’ claim the founders believed, this will not come as a surprise. The founders saw the hand of God in the creation of this nation, and — to them — the Declaration and Constitution were growths resulting from a People trying to actually apply and live the teachings of the Bible. It is also why the founders said that, unless the nation stuck with the Judeo/Christian principles underlying the foundations of this nation, we would lose our way. It is why John Quincy Adams said:
Before the formation of this Constitution…[t]his Declaration of Independence was received and ratified by all the States in the Union and has never been disannulled.
Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?
The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.
Now here is the point: if a society rejects the foundation upon which the Constitution is built (i.e. the God of the Bible), then there is no way the Constitution can guide us because the compass has been rejected. The compass of this nation is the Declaration, and it points to God. This is why the godless who seek to control the nation and its people severed the connections between the Constitution and the Declaration: so they could convince us we were heading in the wrong direction, which then allowed them to take control of the vehicle. We, the People, have allowed men to convince us of lies. So long as we believe those lies, the Constitution is useless: it can be made to take us in any direction our masters tell us to go.
Now, ask yourself, how can restoring the constitution save a nation that no longer knows where it is going? You can’t. Before you can fix the car, you have to convince people of where they want to go. Only then can the vehicle get you there. And, again, if we would bother to read history, real history and not what revisionists claiming to be historians tell us. If we read the first hand records, we will find that our founding fathers understood the need to change hearts before you can create a vehicle to guide society on its chosen path:
“The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations … This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.”
You see, the American Revolution, and the nation which was created out of it, came from the Great Awakening: a religious revival that convinced the nation that Salvation comes only from a faith/trust in God, and that a faith/trust in God leads to obedience to His law. This belief is stated in the Declaration and the means to guard us on our way was created in the Constitution. But the Constitution is just a vehicle: it cannot save us and no amount of restoration is going to work until we first change the hearts of our countrymen. Beware of anyone who tells you otherwise. They are trying to seize control of the vehicle so they can take you in whatever direction they wish to go.
[NOTE: I no longer think of my voice as anything special. There was a time when I believed I had something important to say, but not so much these days. I write now because I feel driven to do so. Something inside me will not let me rest until I post the pages you just read. I’d just as soon not bother anymore. It all seems like no one is listening and I do more harm than good. So I have come to trust that whatever it is driving me has all this under control. Personally, I believe it is God, but others may not. All I ask is that, if anything I write helps you, or you think it might help others in any way, please, share this page. Re-blog it, share it on FB or send the link to your friends. So long as you feel it will do more good than harm, then please, use this page however you wish. Thank you.]