Countdown to Independence Day
When the American Constitution was adopted and became law 200 years ago, no one knew the awesome implications it held for the future. No one foresaw that, in only half a century, the nation would stretch from coast line to coast line. No one knew that the 13 states would be eventually become 50, and that the land known as “Fulton’s Ice Box” and the land under the reign of Queen Liliuokalani would be counted into that tally. America has split over slavery and reconstruction and racism. America has gone through periods of Party realignment and reform and war. America has gone through President’s and impeachments and controversy. But throughout it all, the Constitution held.
It has had amendments added and amendments repealed. But the American Constitution has formed the longest lasting democracy in the world. This single document has shaped history. Why? Because it has the right foundation.
At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, James Madison, also known as the Father of the Constitution, proposed the plan to divide the central government into three branches. He discovered this model of government from the Perfect Governor, as he read Isaiah 33:22; “For the LORD is our judge,the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; He will save us.”
The division of powers, something that has kept America together since the beginning, came from Scripture. We serve an awesome God, and I am pretty sure He knew what he was doing. When Isaiah wrote these words down, there is no way he knew how they would help shape an industrial super power thousands of years in the future. God knew, but Isaiah did not. And that is all we really need.
I am always marveling at how simple people think that it is to divorce America from her Christian roots. But in all actuality, that would mean scratching the Constitution.