The U.S. Constitution was the product of a constitution-making tradition that reached back to the charters of the original colonies as well as to the states, and from there, the tradition found roots in the biblical covenant itself. In Jamestown, the first representative government met in their church building, and opened with prayer. The guiding principles of governance were tempered and informed by Biblical values.
Similarly, the Pilgrims enacted a ‘Bill of Liberties,’ a precedent to the Bill of Rights, drafted by a Pastor Nathaniel Ward, informed by Scripture. When Connecticut was founded, it was a governmental structure fashioned largely from a sermon based Dt. 1:13 and Ex. 18:21, and from that sermon sprang the “Fundamental Orders of Connecticut.”
The colonists came to America with the Bible in their hand. And from the Scripture came their notions of natural law as the basis of the government. Every right articulated in the Declaration of Independence had been discussed openly in the era before the Revolution, and those discussions were often led by the clergy and their preaching. David Barton suggests a correlation behind the Declaration of Independence and a listing of sermon topics preached in the decades leading up to the revolution, preaching that offered perspectives on public issues, taxes, education, the military, just and unjust wars, governance – these were ideas and in them ideals for nation building. It was the clergy who were behind the revolution. The British called them “The Black [Robe] Regiment,” referring to their clerical robes, and they laid the blame for Colonial unrest on the back of the preachers and the churches. As a result, 10 of the 19 church buildings during the New York occupation were destroyed, and most of those in Virginia met the same fate.
Most of the early settlers to America feared God. They reverenced the Scriptures. It would have been inconceivable to them, that in the future, their children’s children, thinking people, would have wrenched the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution along with the Bill of Rights free of their true roots, or attempted to understand it apart from the Scriptures over which they poured as they wrote the founding documents. The people were free only because God was their king! They were free because His law had been written on their hearts and they respected that law.
Simply put, there was a ‘fear’ of God that allowed such liberty and freedom to exist. Now, in the absence of that fear, the liberty of free but evil men to speak and do as they please has become a threat to all. More to the point, the culture is mentoring the Church in its dismissal of reverence for God. It affects our prayer life. We no longer believe we are ‘sinners in the hands of an angry God.’ That perception sparked the first Great Awakening and became a shared cultural value in the formation of the nation. Let us not forget the foundational principles that our nation was founded upon.
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 David Barton, “Building On Firm Foundations,” Ministries Today, Vol. 30, No. 1 (January/February, 2012: Charisma Media; Lake Mary, FL), 34-35.