Today, we are reading portions of the Constitution of the United States of America: the Preamble and Article One and providing insight on “One Nation Under God”.
One Nation Under God
Preamble: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Please note, one provision of the Constitution – the last provision in how Congress was to behave. The founding Fathers were very particular. They had to think ahead and try to identify how the government could (in the future) cause another tyranny. They knew this because the King would have certain rulers over his people no vote for specific rulings….as well as other tactics. When they were creating the House and Senate, they knew they needed to put in a safe guard so that one house within congress could not just boycott a situation that required a vote. This provision explicitly forbids either the house or senate to just leave – the one side must have permission of the other side, if it is for more than three days.
The Pledge of Allegiance
What does the “one nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance mean? President Ronald Reagan stated that “If we ever forget that we are a nation under God, we will be a nation gone under.” – If we forget that God is our protector and he blesses us with liberty, then our nation can not survive or live in freedom.
When the Pilgrims and Puritans came to America, they wanted to worship God in the way they wanted to. They believed that their King was Jesus. They also believed that it was up to families to ensure that their children knew how to worship God and Jesus. Due to the harsh voyage and environment, it was very difficult for the parents to educate their children. This meant that parents needed to be required by law to provide education for their children to ensure it was not neglected. So, the Act of 1642 and 1647 were passed.
Act of 1642
Required that parents teach children so that they could read the scripture and understand the law of the community. So, the two reasons to teach a child how to read, was so they could read the Bible and the law – to be good citizens
Act of 1647
Old Deluder Satan Act was passed in 1647. The reason this was passed was to require any town with 50 or more families with a school for children. The requirement of the schools were for reading, writing and the Bible. This was necessary because the parents of the children were so incredibly busy just trying to meet the daily needs of the family that the education (especially Biblical education) was being put aside…
Why were colleges founded and what was their original intent?
- Harvard was founded to ensure “Everyone shall consider the main end of his life and studies to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life.”
- William and Mary was founded to train Pastors.
- Yale was founded as an alternative to Harvard because the people who founded Yale, felt that Harvard was no longer following after Jesus.
- Dartmouth was founded as a Christian School for native Americans.
- Princeton was founded as a spiritual leadership and training college.
How does Christianity make us One Nation Under God
These Christian principles that were followed were a focus. They began with young children and through college and university. It was intended that all people would ultimately be saved, which would lead to peace in the society. The general principles within Christianity would create a prosperous nation, governed well and there would be very little need for external government to tell us what to do.
What about those who were not Christians?
John Adams stated:
The general principles, on which the Fathers achieved independence, were the only Principles in which that beautiful Assembly of young Gentlemen could Unite… .And what were these general Principles? I answer, the general Principles of Christianity, in which all these Sects were United: And the general Principles of English and American Liberty, in which all those young Men United, and which had United all Parties in America, in Majorities sufficient to assert and maintain her Independence. Now I will avow, that I then believe, and now believe, that those general Principles of Christianity, are as eternal and immutable, as the Existence and Attributes of God; and that those Principles of Liberty, are as unalterable as human Nature and our terrestrial, mundane System.
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