"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

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Happy Constitution Day!

Yes, today is a holiday!  It is called Constitution Day and celebrates the signing of our National Constitution.

The Constitution was signed on September 17th, 1787, by thirty-nine of the new nation's brightest and best leaders and minds.  With all of their input, the Constitution was born and implemented.  Imagine the pride of those men.  They came to America under British rule, then won their freedom against the British army.  This was a great feat because the British army was considered the best in the world at that time.  They adopted their own Constitution and set of laws, creating a new nation out of practically nothing. 

We are all here in America today because of those brave men who were not afraid to take a chance.  Imagine if they had never done it!  Imagine if, when the British came over to fight here, they had given up and said it was too hard!  They stuck it out and fought for what they wanted.  They wanted a new nation where their children could grow up in a free land.  What they really accomplished was freedom for generations and generations.  Keeping the fight for freedom alive is something every American has a responsibility to do.

With all the criticism of the Constitution through the years, you would think it would have been gone long ago.  There were so many things to be changed, made into Constitutional Amendments, that why not just write up a new one?

That would have never worked.  The original U.S. Constitution is the founding document for this country and still has great relevance today.  The twenty-seven Amendments made to it make it all the better.  Even with all the disagreements over it, our Constitution has remained the law of the land for 224 years.  It will always have its critics, but the Constitution officially established itself long ago.  It is going nowhere.  It is and always will be the document everyone can look to as the thing that officially began this nation. 

When I think of the Constitution, three words come to mind:  The first is faith.  Faith in God, yes, but also faith in their cause.  Faith in each other to carry out the enormous task at hand.  If they had distrusted each other, you and I would not have been born in a free country. 
The second is courage.  Obviously, fighting the mighty British army was a daunting task at the least.  They went into it with a courage that was unmatched at that time, and has only been matched by our military men and women.
The last word is determination.  To win freedom, and to make the new country work.   Without determination to get things rolling, nothing would have happened! 

Have you ever actually read the Constitution?  It's really a fascinating read.  You can read it here:  http://www.constitutionday.com/.

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