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U.S. Constitution Acknowledges God!

February 1, 2005
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 Him!

“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: the 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 4:24)

This 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.

It 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”.

By April 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.

He 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!”

The 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”.

The 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 seven”.

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 seventy six”.

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?

Written by: Ron Calzone

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