The Revolt Against the Bible and the Constitution

Should Politics and Culture be preached from the pulpit?

There is much debate today about whether or not cultural issues or politics should be discussed from the pulpit in our churches. I had lunch with a dear friend a few weeks ago and he and I disagree on this: I believe that culture and politics should be preached on, whereas he does not. However, while we are both adamant about our view, we do not allow our difference of opinion to impact our relationship. Now, let me be specific about one item, I would not agree to any endorsement of a specific candidate for “any” office, but I am talking about policy and political agenda items. 

Here is an example of a preacher that discussed politics and culture in his sermons while not endorsing any specific person for office:

The Reverend Jonathan Mayhew (1720-1766) studied theology at Harvard, and although he pastored a Congregational Church, he pursued an independent course, teaching that the Bible should be the basis of doctrine and theology. He was a staunch defender of civil and religious liberty and published many famous sermons (at that time) related to the preservation of those liberties, including a 1750 sermon against unlimited submission to civil authorities as well as a sermon about a repeal of the Stamp Act in 1766.

Mayhew was highly esteemed by many patriots (including John Adams, who considered him one of the key figures in American independence) as well as by distinguished historians of earlier generations (such as award winning historian Clinton Rossiter (1917-1970), who listed Mayhew as one of the six greatest intellectual leaders shaping American independence). 

One of the complaints from men about church in general today is that they are unable to determine how church fits into their life. They do not understand how to apply the principles and biblical foundation into their work life,

Across the centuries, there have been many different forms of government with widely varying results, some good and some bad. What makes America unique among all the nations of the word, what makes it possible that our form of government has not changed in over two centuries, while operating under the same governing documents, is based on the founding fathers affirmation that the Bible was instrumental in producing our constitutional republic.

Titus 2:5 (NASB), …….the word of God will not be dishonored.

The “Fundamental Orders of Connecticut” was adopted by the settlers of New Haven in 1639 and is often considered the world’s first written constitution. This document was written by the founders, Reverend John Davenport and Theophilus Eaton and reads in part:

“…..where a people are gathered together, the Word of God requires that to maintain the peace and union of such a people, there should be an orderly and decent government established according to God, to order and dispose of the affairs of the people at all seasons as occasion shall require.”

 

Learning History is Scriptural.

Psalm 143:5 is one of the many verses that stipulate the importance of knowing history. David wrote, “I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your doings; I muse on the work of Your hands.”

Other verses that tell us to study history include Isaiah 46:9, “Remember the former things long past” and Hebrews 10:32, “But remember the former days.”

Unfortunately, history today has evolved into a dreary and too often useless subject. But, the truth is that it is not that people don’t enjoy history, but rather how it is taught. Adding to the dilemma, educators in some states are rewriting, or retelling, history to fit a modern idea rather than the truth of what really happened. 

In the Bible, we learn about how people lived by studying the lives of Daniel, David, and Samuel rather than a boring chronology of dates. God has wired us in such a way that we respond more to stories about people, not just informational data and facts. Additionally, people don’t respond to history when it is taught with no purpose and no unifying theme.

The world is evolving to a degree that it is unable to comprehend the activity of God, unwilling to suggest personal relevance or identifying life lessons for fear of injecting moral values of rights and wrongs into the discussion. But previous generations did and they studied it with the intent of seeing would could be learned and applied today.

Supreme Court Justice James Moore stated, “History is God’s providence in human affairs, and it is a part of it to triumph over error, and to assign to the actors in great events their proper places.” Benjamin Franklin believed that when history is presented accurately, students would reach the inescapable conclusion that God and religion were necessary to success in both personal and national life. 

Without vision, the people perish (Prov 29:18). When history lacks purpose, it will be uninteresting. Previous generations believed that to exclude a Providential view of history will deprive students of a truthful portrait of human events.

We should not let the current anti-Biblical approach to teaching history discourage us from the study of what really, what actually, happened in America. We shall always remember that “History is God’s providence in human affairs.”

We are told today that the US Constitution is complicated and only those with legal acumen can interpret it. Yet, for decades after the American founding, the document was taught in elementary schools with annual written tests on its content. But sadly, the only amendment that most US citizens know today is the first amendment while only 1 in 1000 can actually name all five guarantee’s (freedom of religion, press, speech, assembly, and petition).

For 150 years after the American founding, the “uncomplicated” constitution was interpreted via Originalism (meaning original intent, that the constitution means exactly what it says). Very similar to Scripture, right? However, 150 years later, we started teaching about evolution in school, AND, a decade after evolution started being taught, people started interpreting the constitution as a Living Constitution. The result is that our student citizens have become confused as to how we are to read and interpret the Constitution. Ironically, this also coincides with the beginning in a decrease in biblical literacy.

Harvard Law School dean Christopher Langdell applied Darwin’s premise of evolution to jurisprudence. He believed that since man evolves, laws must also evolve, and that judges (not your elected representatives) are charged with guiding the evolution of law AND the US Constitution. Any belief in absolutes in moral or common law are to be dismissed. Students were taught this and now sit as judges in our courts such as state supreme courts and the US Supreme Court. It has become an institutionalized belief rather than the original intent of the American founding.

We are under a US Constitution but the constitution has become whatever the judges say it is. No wonder our citizens are confused today, or, intimidated by the constitution. But, the good news is, we can fix it.

We fix it by being prudent and wise when voting in our elected officials – at all levels. Don’t just focus on federal elections, local elections actually impact you more.

How many countries around the world do you think dream of having a constitution like ours? A faithful Christian is a steward of what God has provided. He has given us a great country and a God inspired Constitution. That’s why we have the largest influx of immigrants than any other nation around the world. We should not take our liberty for granted.