---- — God’s presence, like ‘truths,’ self-evident
Recently a letter writer stated that God is not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution. He is right, and perhaps it was presumptuous of me to suggest that he is. Maybe a rephrasing is in order.
In 1776, in our Declaration of Independence, the founders declared who we were supposed to be. The founders believed in a Creator from whom our rights came, that he was at the head of our endeavor to birth and build a new nation and, most importantly, they called what they believed “truths.”
Several years later the Constitution was written. It translated the vision and declarations of before into a working document from which our new country could operate and be maintained. It took the words and beliefs of the declarers and put them into a written form that ensured, guaranteed and provided that we would receive the rights that they saw came directly from the Creator. A government was formed, laws were written, and the rights from the Creator are available for us as long as this Constitution exists as written.
Yeast raises bread. Without yeast the bread cannot become or be what it is. God, as he was first declared, is the yeast of the Constitution. Without the words of the declaration concerning God, the Constitution could not be what it is and could not give us what it does. A great man warned us of yeast of other kinds that will also make the Constitution rise, but will make the document say and provide something other than what the declarers called truths.
Every word in our Constitution is like a cell that has a nucleus that contains our country’s DNA, values and principles — truths — that make the Constitution, our government, our country and us what we are. Our country can be identified by its DNA in its cells, and that DNA reproduces our country continually as we go forward, with virtues and values and principles of the Creator, and he at our head. But while the DNA for our country exists, another part of it is that it cannot be legislated or forced, and many choose to ignore it for their personal lives — hence, freedom.
There is proof of our DNA of God and religion in our Constitution. The very first amendment acknowledged that religion already existed in the Constitution, and they needed to say it would be allowed to work, but no overzealous laws could be written to force religion, God or his principles upon anyone who didn’t want them in their personal lives.
Unbelievers cannot see God or religion in the Constitution because they do not believe that God exists. Other people refuse to see because they believe God and religion must be separate from government. But just as the yeast cannot be seen in the bread, still it is in there and the bread exists. It is not relative to believe whether the yeast is in the bread, it has to be in it in order for the bread to be what it is. Of course the yeast has to be in there, and so does God have to be in the Constitution.
The founders believed in the truths they declared, and they wrote those beliefs into the Constitution to ensure that these truths remained. They believed everything they were doing was in and under the Creator, and they didn’t name him in their document because they didn’t have to.
His presence, like the truths, is self-evident.