The US Constitution begins with these three words: “We the people…” Our government, bequeathed to us by Almighty God, is a government designed to give the people the authority to govern themselves. The Constitution restricts what the government can do and places the power in the hands of the general population.
September 17, 2023 is the 236th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution in Philadelphia. It was not an easy task to create a system of government that would unite thirteen individual states into a nation. The differences between New Hampshire and Vermont and the southern states of Georgia and South Carolina made this process extremely difficult, if not next to impossible. You probably are acquainted with the account of Ben Franklin asking for a time of prayer as the entire proceedings were on the verge of falling apart.
It is obvious that the founders gathered there intended that this document would form the foundation for this newly established nation and would maintain its stability down through the years. They instituted a system that enabled changes to be made but those changes would need to be considered carefully. The amendment process requires the individual states to be on board with the changes that are made. It can’t be changed on the whim of some judge, justice, or bureaucrat, or even by a vote of the majority.
Today we have Supreme Court justices who espouse a “living document” philosophy regarding this sacred document. Their viewpoint is that the Constitution should be interpreted based on the current culture and societal standards. This, of course, leads to decisions like Roe v. Wade and Obergefell v. Hodges, where abortion and same-sex marriage are imposed on the Constitution rather than being found in what was written or utilizing the amendment process. This way whoever holds the majority on the Court can determine what is or is not law based on their opinions rather than on what the Founders intended.
The Left is on a crusade today to subvert the Constitution as it was handed down to us and to substitute their own political and social philosophies. The fight to overturn Roe v. Wade is a good example of how difficult it is, when a decision is made that perverts Constitutional law, to get back to what is actually written. Ultimately, if we look at our founding documents as “living documents,” they have no meaning whatsoever. It is a similar thing to having an open border. If the border is open, you might as well not have a border at all!
Bishop E.W. Jackson is president of Staying True to America’s National Destiny (STAND) in Chesapeake, VA, head pastor at The Called Church, also in Chesapeake, and the host of this weekly national conference call.
A Marine Corps veteran and graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston and Harvard Law School, Bishop Jackson has authored several books and appeared as a commentator on national news networks such as C-SPAN, Fox News, and MSNBC.
He hosts a daily podcast, and directs the Awakening Hearts and Minds Project, an outreach to black, Hispanic, and other minority voters.
Bishop Jackson is also a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.
E. W. and his wife Theodora have been married since 1970 and have 3 children, Earl Jr., Rebecca, and Jaquelyn, and one granddaughter.
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