Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Failure of Self-Evident Truths Undermines the US Constitution

The document which was designed as foundation for the formation of the United States of America is, without a doubt, the Constitution. It was created to be a foundation for laws which might be encouraged as offering freedom or to halt those things which might abridge freedom. Two important words were added very early in the Constitution's and is part of the sentence which reads:

  • We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights

Removing two words  from the sentence will change its meaning significantly. Though most people will quickly think I am going to say "their Creator" is a problem, I am not. The two words are "Self-Evident." Granted, if you removed the words "their Creator" then who or what created man equal would be in doubt, but there's always some delusional "man of science" who will offer  some abstract answer to creation based on nothing more than a desire to prove that there is no God. Of course the fool has said in his heart there is no God and  is even more of a fool when he creates some "theory." It is usually abstract and has a lot of loose ends and fantastic assertions in order to even seem a little bit non-delusional. Stamp the words "Scientific Truth" on it and "rational" atheists will flock to it like moths to a porch light.

America, the way I see it, has been at a cross roads for a long time. It's been at kind of a "make it" or "die" cross roads. I lean toward believing America has crossed that line and it doesn't appear it will end well. At least not as the founders had hoped. When Ben Franklin was asked what we had and replied "A Republic if you can keep it" would suggest he must have had some insight into the possibilities that could happen. I presume that the founders spent a great deal of time discussing the ramifications of any proposals to be placed in the Constitution and in the end settled on what they thought was the best possibility. So, as Franklin's comments suggested they must have weighed where each idea might take the country. It held up fairly well for almost a couple centuries.

The cross roads and the Constitution depended on the two words which make or break it: self-evident. If I was to lay blame at something I could make a case and  claim it is the "church" itself that has lead the way. "Americanized" Christianity, especially in the last century has been just devastating. For the most part it followed all the trends of the world and shared greatly in the generations known as the "we" and even the "me" generation. It got its marching orders from the world...and Jesus was sometimes contacted as a consultant. By doing that, they aided and abetted the move toward man becoming less self-evident of a creator...even to the point where people were not sure if God even existed, but they just needed to have "faith" that He did. Without gong in to the apologetics and theology issues that arise out of such shallow thinking, let me just say that the foundation problem of such a hypothesis is that neither God nor Jesus Christ ever suggest man should have "faith" that He exists. You cant have "faith" in something that you aren't even sure is there.

By doing so, man cannot hold any "self-evident" beliefs that there is a Creator, which would put considerable question in the idea of this same Creator creating "all men equal." The authors of the Constitution assumed God as common knowledge. It is the same thing, for example, that the entire Bible does beginning with the book of Genesis. "In the beginning God created" is the way the Bible begins. It makes no declaration of who, where, what, or why about God. It is a natural fact that he is there and he created the heavens and the earth.  To take it a step further, any good physiology teacher or scientist can make all kinds of declarations about the design of the human body...and if you follow the dots...there is only room for a Creator as a logical answer. "Chance" can't create or even replicate anything like the design of the human body. This same body which is an important part of who we are and our ability to even be self-evident about anything.

 Most men will reject any suggestion that we need to "get back" to the foundation of our country if the suggestion is that God was involved in any way. The re-writers of American history have been busily furthering their agenda with hopes that we forget history, and even go so far as to ban it, censor it, and destroy it. And if they cannot do that then they simply rewrite it and make it so that it can be used to further their agenda. Most prominent on this issue has been the gay rights movement. They have for many many years been re-writing history and suggesting certain historic people were likely gay. I recollect when I was still in high school that some rumors were being floated about the FBI's J Edgar Hoover. He was already dead, of course, and could not defend himself (they never can) but at the time it seemed kind of silly. I had no idea at that time what was going on. I read it in a news paper, so, back then, I assumed there had to be some merit to it.  That is how far back this gay agenda has been being pushed. Though once rejected, it slowly  became a part of culture, especially through the TV and media.

That is just one example of many so this is not targeted to anything "gay-specific agenda.  We are at a place in time where people are claiming that the only real logical self-evident position is that there is no God. It is that same delusion that has eroded the foundation of the United States. It's been a couple decades since the late Ruth Graham said that if God does not judge America then he will need to resurrect Sodom and Gomorrah and apologize. How much more we have eroded since then?

Are we, as a nation, finished? I can't say no but neither can I say yes. I believe the authority of the Constitution rests on the two words: self-evident. Without that the Constitution becomes worthless. And we are seeing that today more and more. Very few laws, if any, are passed with the Constitution even under consideration. Some laws get challenged, some will end up at the Supreme Court, but law is not legislated based on the Constitution as much as it is legislated in light of their judges interpretations of it. Though there was some before, the Court really started to move away from simple legislating based on the rule of law back in 1962 when they claimed prayer in school was not constitutional. Since then, getting judges on the bench has been nothing that has anything to do with upholding the Constitution as much as it has been upholding a Republican or Democrat agenda.

Where do we go from here?
Though I am sure guesses are dime a dozen, I believe the answer to the future of the USA rests in the two words in the following sentence which bring the Constitution to life.

  • We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights

Without it then it will likely go the way of the Confederate flag: To a museum.  How long before some very loud group of people will find the Constitution offensive and ask that it removed from the public eye? It's only a matter of time.