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Christians Should Support Constitutional Government

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I was honored to speak before the National Committee of the
Constitution Party on Thursday, October 25, 2007 in Council Bluffs,
Iowa. Today’s column is a condensed version of that address.

Daniel Webster is regarded as perhaps America’s most notable jurist.
Webster said, “Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the
Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has
happened once in 6000 years may not happen again. Hold on to the
Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will
be anarchy throughout the world.”

He also said, “The hand that destroys the Constitution rends our Union
asunder forever.”

Please remember that this is the same Daniel Webster who said: “If we
abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on
prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its
instruction and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe
may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.”

You see how Daniel Webster (like most of America’s founders) was a man
with deeply-held Christian convictions. He believed the Bible. He was
a devout believer. And he found no contradictions between the Bible
and the Constitution. In fact, he believed (as do I) that the
Constitution is the best safeguard for Christian liberty that we have.

When any constitutionally-elected officeholder assumes office, he or
she promises to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the
United States. They don’t promise to represent “conservative
principles” or to be “loyal to a political party,” etc. The
Constitution is the contract between “We the people” and our civil
magistrates.

When you or I hire an electrician or plumber to do work for us, we
sign a contract for specific work to be done. And at the end of the
day, I really don’t care whether he claims to be a Christian or where
he goes to church or how religious he claims to be. When the work is
finished, I want my lights to turn on and my toilet to flush. In other
words, I expect him to live up to his contract.

When we elect people to public office, we should expect only one
thing: that they uphold their contract to preserve, protect, and
defend the Constitution of the United States.

You see, adherence to the Constitution protects our freedom of speech
and assembly; our freedom of worship; our right to keep and bear arms;
our right to a trial by jury; the right to be secure in our own homes
against police overreach; our right to witness for Christ in public,
as a Christian; the right to own property; the right to not be
deprived of life or property without due process of law; the right to
face our accusers, and the right to keep government local and limited.

In fact, keeping government local and limited is the cornerstone
doctrine of American government. In most nations, the federal
government holds power over virtually every area of the lives of its
people. Not so in America–at least, not in the America that was
originally crafted.

Most of the problems that we are now dealing with socially,
culturally, financially, etc., stem from America abandoning the basic
founding principle that “the government that governs least governs
best.”

Accordingly, America’s commitment to life, liberty, and the pursuit of
happiness has been (and is being) systematically stripped from us–not
by State legislatures, but mostly by agencies of the federal
government.

Consider how it has been federal courts that have banned prayer in
school, and legalized abortion and homosexual marriage. Even in the
liberal State of Massachusetts it was the courts (along with a
compliant liberal governor, Mitt Romney), that forced acceptance of
homosexual marriage upon the people.

Today, we have federal departments and agencies almost without number.
We have the Department of Education, the Department of Transportation,
the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, the
Department of Agriculture, the Department of Commerce, the Department
of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban
Development, the Department of Justice, the Department of Labor, the
Department of State, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of
the Interior, etc., etc., ad infinitum, ad nauseum.

Each and every federal department and agency, in its own way and for
its own purposes, to one degree or another, ignores or violates
constitutional government. And as a result, they contravene and strip
away the rights and freedoms of States collectively and of the people
individually.

The result of this gargantuan federal monstrosity includes
back-breaking taxation and over-regulation, which fuel inflation,
stymie productivity, and invite foreign influence.

One only has to observe how President Bush is now appealing to the
U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of an illegal Mexican alien who raped and
murdered two Houston, Texas teenagers, arguing that his death sentence
should be overturned and that he should be given a new trial. Bush’s
reason? Illegal aliens should be under the authority of a UN “world
court” instead of the State of Texas’ authority.

Observe how Bush is pushing for amnesty for illegal aliens. See how he
has merged these United States into a regional government by signing
onto the Security and Prosperity Partnership agreement with Canada and
Mexico. See how he is pushing for a NAFTA superhighway. Observe how he
and other globalists are planning to replace the U.S. dollar with a
regional, multinational currency called the Amero.

Furthermore, virtually every administration for the last fifty years
has engaged in an aggressive nation-building foreign policy. (Can
anyone say, “Iraq”?) In addition, in contradiction to the stated
warnings of our nation’s founders, they have actively pursued
entangling alliances with unfriendly governments. The past three
administrations in particular have deliberately steered our country
down a path of multiculturalism, globalism, and elitism.

Pastors, especially, should fight for constitutional government! Do
you preachers really think that there will be any room for the
old-time Gospel when the globalists and elitists in the federal
government have finished with their diabolical schemes?

Already, President Bush repeatedly tells us that Christians and
Muslims–and all other religions–worship the same God. How long will
you preachers be able to preach the narrow message of salvation, that
Christ is the only way to Heaven, when Bush’s doctrine of Universalism
is the accepted religion? And make no mistake about it: Universalism
is the national religion of the United Nations, the European Union,
and the emerging North American Union.

The Department of Homeland Security is already holding seminars for
pastors, instructing them how they should ask their congregants to
turn in their firearms in the event that the President declares a
national emergency. How many of you pastors are prepared to become an
instrument of gun confiscation for global government?

This is what happens when we abandon constitutional government.

It is not enough that a candidate says he is a Christian. Every
politician I know, or have ever known, says they are a Christian–at
least every four years. It is not enough that a candidate carries a
giant-print Bible to church. It is not enough that he says he prays or
says that “faith is important.”

The truth is, if the candidate is a sincere Christian, he or she will
all the more readily obey his or her oath to preserve, protect, and
defend the Constitution of the United States. After all, does not our
Lord tell us that our yea is to be yea and our nay is to be nay? In
other words, genuine believers are to be true to their word. How,
then, could a true Christian make a promise before God and the
American people to preserve, protect, and defend the U.S. Constitution
and then turn around and ignore that promise? He couldn’t.

Therefore, a professing believer who is elected to public office and
then ignores his or her promise to the Constitution proves that he or
she is not a true Christian but a phony who only uses a religious
testimony to dupe Christians.

Take the issue of abortion, for example. Ron Paul proposed the
“Sanctity of Life Act of 2005” (and 2007), which would require that
“human life shall be deemed to exist from conception, without regard
to race, sex, age, health, defect, or condition of dependency”

The bill also provides that “the Congress recognizes that each State
has the authority to protect unborn children…” And that “the Supreme
Court shall not have jurisdiction to review …the performance of
abortions; or the provision of public expenses of funds, facilities,
personnel, or other assistance for the performance of abortions.”

In other words, Dr. Paul understands that Article. III. Section. 2. of
the U.S. Constitution gives to Congress the authority to rein in an
abusive judiciary and take the issue of abortion (or homosexual
marriage or fill in the blank) out from under the jurisdiction of the
Court. This means that should Congressman Paul’s bill become law,
abortion on demand ends and Roe v Wade is overturned.

So, please tell me why, after having control of both houses of
Congress and the White House for six years, did these “pro-life”
Republicans in Congress and a “pro-life” President not pass Dr.
Paul’s bill?  Why? Because they really do not give a hoot about
abortion, but only use pro-life rhetoric to dupe conservative voters.

In addition, those conservatives who have followed President Bush’s
preemptive war doctrine are the ones who have abandoned historical
conservative principles. Before G.W. Bush changed the landscape,
conservatives–especially Christian conservatives–mostly subscribed
to Augustine’s “just war” theory regarding accepted protocols for the
conduct of war. Today, however, many professing conservatives have
foolishly followed Bush’s “preemptive war” theory, which, before now,
was practiced mostly by pagan emperors. As Christians, however, we
should still subscribe to “just war.”

In concert with “just war” philosophy (not to mention American
history), Christians should agree with Ron Paul’s approach to dealing
with terrorists. He authored H.R. 3076, the September 11 Marque and
Reprisal Act of 2001. According to Paul, “A letter of marque and
reprisal is a constitutional tool specifically designed to give the
president the authority to respond with appropriate force to those
non-state actors who wage war against the United States while limiting
his authority to only those responsible for the atrocities of that
day. Such a limited authorization is consistent with the doctrine of
just war and the practical aim of keeping Americans safe while
minimizing the costs in blood and treasure of waging such an
operation.”

This is precisely what President Thomas Jefferson did when America’s
ships were confronted with Barbary pirates on the high seas.

If the United States government had listened to Ron Paul, we would not
have lost nearly 4,000 American soldiers and Marines, spent over $1
trillion, and gotten bogged down in an endless civil war from which
there is no equitable extraction. Furthermore, had we listened to Dr.
Paul, Osama bin Laden would no doubt be dead, as would most of his
al-Qaeda operatives, and we would be less vulnerable to future
terrorist attacks, instead of being more vulnerable, which is the case
today.

How can anyone say with a straight face that they are fighting a war
on terrorism while at the same time doing absolutely nothing to secure
our borders and ports?!

I submit that every true American, especially conservative Christians,
should enthusiastically support constitutional government. I further
believe that a President who would take his oath to the Constitution
seriously would bring a new birth of freedom to America the likes of
which has not been seen since 1776. May God give us such a man!

(c) Chuck Baldwin chuck@chuckbaldwinlive.com

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