I had the privilege and opportunity this week to hear from my sister, Kentauride, who sent me a paper which she wrote for school regarding the shift in American constitutional law. Several portions remain with me, and I wish to share them with you now, with a small portion of commentary for reflection. If you do not enjoy this, well, I am not forcing you to read this blog.
“The central government’s powers are no longer ‘few and defined’ but, as the state government’s powers were intended to be, ‘numerous and indefinite.’ A Constitution of Powers has replaced a Constitution of Rights, both state and private."
It is true that the federal government has become too broad in its power, and so many of us see that. But how many of us think about the "numerous and indefinite" powers which are supposed to be granted to the states, as John Whitehead argues (whom Kentauride is analyzing)? Currently, my state congress is attempting to subliminally pass a bill which would legalize civil unions, even though the citizens voted against a referendum similar to this bill with approximately 78.3% opposed. Why? Because the states can do so much within their states.
"Much of what is taught in law school today is directly opposed to the teachings of the Bible. Basically, it is a humanistic system in need of a Christian orientation."
Kentauride is right: this is the core of the problem. Enough said.
"Vocal Christian law students should be effective witnesses of the truth impacting the systems of law and civil government. Christians must be prepared to enter the humanistic schools of law and thrust Christian ideas into the system."
Read "me" under "Christian law students" et al. If your calling is law, politics, or anything which might involve anything regarding governance, you need to read this realistically: are you and I willing to do this? Are we willing to give it all we have, every day, even now, to serve our King and country? One last thought:
"When the courts make the law and decide an issue, Christian values and parental rights are in danger. Formulating the law themselves, the Supreme Court becomes the Constitution."
Unfortunately, this is also true: the Supreme Court becomes the Constitution when the "Evolving Document" theory is supported. But our attacks also come from beyond our borders. The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, in conjunction with the Attorney General, is working on US ratification of the UNCRC, or UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. If this passes, all US state and federal laws will be trumped by this convention, not treaty. It will become the Supreme Law of the Land, on the same ground as the Constitution itself.
Where do we turn? What do we do?
"If My people, which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." -- 2 Chronicles 7:14
Friends, cry out to our God, for only He can save us. Then pick up the sword in this political battle, and do whatever He guides your hands to do.
"Will they follow me?" -- King Peter
"To the death." -- Oreius