We live in a time when a government agency or
public school is very likely to face a constitutional challenge if
it acknowledges God, so you might be surprised to find out that
the United States Constitution itself acknowledges God.
In fact, the
constitution doesn't simply make an ambiguous reference to a
generic “supreme being” – it honors Jesus
Christ Himself, and submits the nation it defined to
“Where?”, you ask, “I've read the
entire constitution and never noticed it.” It's there in
unabridged copies and we'll take a look at it, but first a quick
lesson in reckoning time.
Practically every civilization
has reckoned time relative to the the king in power during the
referenced period. The Bible is replete with examples:
fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv
which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the
Lord.” (1Kings 6:1)
“Then work on the
house of God in Jerusalem ceased, and it was stopped until the
second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.” (Ezra
practice continues even today in many parts of the world. Until
the post WWII Japanese constitution, the emperor was considered a
sovereign, divine ruler. Although Emperor Hirohito was prompted by
MacArthur to renounce that status, the practice of reckoning time
by the current monarch continues. For instance, the year 2005 is
officially year 17 of the Heisei Era of the Emperor Akihito. Until
2002, the Japanese Patent Office still used this system.
was no different right before the founding of the United States.
One example is the 1774 “Declarations and Resolves” by
the Continental Congress, which complained of long running
injustices from the mother country since the “thirty-fifth
year of the reign of King Henry the Eighth”.
19, 1775, however, the disillusioned colonists were distancing
themselves from the current monarch, King George - that was the
day of the “shot heard 'round the world” in Lexington,
Massachusetts. In the town square that morning the King's Major
Pitcairn was being faced down by about 70 colonists.
shouted, "Disperse, ye villains Lay down your arms in the
name of George the Sovereign King of England". He was met
with the response "We recognize no Sovereign but God and
no King but Jesus!".
The clarion call of the
Revolution became “No King but Jesus!”
forthcoming Declaration of Independence hammered this point home
by making it clear that man's rights did not come from an earthly
king, but that men were “endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable Rights” and “That to secure
these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their
just powers from the consent of the governed”.
Founders did not claim to be totally free from a king – just
free from an earthly king!
It was no coincidence that
twelve years later the document that defined the new relationship
between the states and defined the role of their general
government would culminate with an acknowledgment that Jesus
was their King!
Article VII, known as the
“subscription clause”, says the drafting of the
Constitution was “done in Convention by the Unanimous
Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in
the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty
In other words, 1787 years into Christ's
reign (since His birth) the Constitution was drafted. (Note:
The Articles of Confederation, which preceded the Constitution,
used similar terms.)
Some will claim that “that's
just the way people talked in those days”. They are right,
in part, because it was more politically acceptable to honor God
back then, but a look at other documents from that era proves that
spelling out “the year of our Lord” was not routine.
Virginia's constitution, for instance, fixed it's inception “on
Monday the sixth day of May, one thousand seven hundred and
How can anyone who understands
American history claim that it is unconstitutional for the state
to acknowledge God when that same Constitution declares His Son
King of the Land?
by: Ron Calzone firstname.lastname@example.org