LISTEN: Christianity and the Constitution, Part 2 (The Lord & the Law #2 with Danae Mary Louis Whyte)

This podcast is designed for those interested in the spiritual underpinnings of one of American society’s great foundations — the law. As much as secularists and others with varying agendas and opinions have tried to expunge any signs of Christian influence from legality down through the years, the fact remains that God, in His infinite wisdom and holiness, furnished the law for humanity’s benefit. Sure, we’ve extrapolated it in some areas, but without the Lord there would be no basis for the law. James 4:12 reads, “There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?” As America’s founders acknowledged in both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, our “unalienable rights” — among them being “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” — are “endowed” by the Creator God and are firmly upheld on this earth based upon the “laws of nature and of nature’s God.”

The scripture passage for this episode is Proverbs 29:18 which reads: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”

The quote for this episode is from John Adams. He said: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

In this podcast, the first book we are using as our text is “Christianity and the Constitution: The Faith of Our Founding Fathers” by John Eidsmoe.

Eidsmoe continues with the following in the Introduction:

Debating this point and that, the convention dragged listlessly on. It passed some measures, defeated others, referred some matters to committees and then seemingly lost sight of them. The state delegations were unwilling to compromise; each wanted its own way. A discouraged George Washington, the convention chairman, wrote a friend saying that he doubted the convention would ever agree on a new plan of government.

On June 28, 81-year-old Benjamin Franklin, the oldest delegate at the convention, delivered what was probably the most famous speech of the entire meeting. He noted that “the small progress we have made after 4 or 5 weeks [was] melancholy proof of the imperfection of the Human Understanding.” Rather than mere human understanding, the delegates needed something more: “the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings”! He reminded the delegates that during the War for Independence they had prayed regularly to God in that very Hall: “Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered.” All of them could remember God’s intervention on their behald, and to that intervention they owed their victory over Great Britain. “And have we forgotten that powerful Friend? or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth–that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that built it.’ I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall suceed in this political building, no better than the builders of Babel.” Franklin then suggested daily prayers, led by one or more Philadelphia clergymen.