Posted by: Randall Niles | September 18, 2009

Happy Constitution Day

“Done…the SEVENTEENTH DAY of SEPTEMBER, in the year of our LORD one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven.” (The last line of the U.S. Constitution)

You might have missed it, but yesterday (September 17) was “Constitution Day.”

I was immediately reminded of the importance of our Constitution when I was asked to “be careful what I shared” at a speaking engagement in a local, government building.


Although recent twisting of history declares that America was founded on a basic principle of “freedom from religion,” historic reality is that America was founded on the right of religious expression known as “freedom of religion.” A quick history lesson will reveal that there is no concept of “freedom FROM religion” in our Constitution, nor is there one implied. Our Founding Fathers quoted thousands of Bible scriptures, opened and closed sessions with prayer to God, and openly stated that they used the Ten Commandments in writing the laws of this great nation. Actually, they were standing on government lands while they read directly from the Bible, while they quoted scripture in speeches, and while they stood praying together.

If our country was founded on a principle of “freedom from religion”, our Founding Fathers would not have practiced their religion so openly on government lands. There are more than 4,500 recorded public quotes by our Founding Fathers about the Bible, God, and yes, the importance of ethics based on Christian principles. All of these statements were delivered while government leaders stood on government properties.

There is absolute historic proof that the founders of this nation and the writers of the Constitution never believed in a “freedom from religion”, nor a silencing of free speech concerning things of a religious nature while on government lands. This is a recent concept. A recent twisting of history that started in the early 1960’s when the U.S. courts started redefining our moral compass as a nation. The notion of “separation of church and state” was popularized at that time, and over 6,000 higher court cases removing Judeo-Christian principles from the public arena have followed since.

Yes, whether we like it or not, Judeo-Christian ethics are at the foundation of this great nation. Morality was never seen as relative — it was always based on the universal authority of scripture. As hard as it is for us to accept in this 21st century techno-culture, this country and its moral backbone were founded on biblical principles.

Check this out…

God is mentioned in stone all over Washington D.C., on its monuments and buildings.

Emblazoned over the Speaker of the House in the US Capitol are the words “In God We Trust.”

The Supreme Court building built in the 1930’s has carvings of Moses and the Ten Commandments.

Oaths in courtrooms have invoked God from the beginning.

Every president that has given an inaugural address has mentioned God in that speech.

Prayers have been said at the swearing in of each president.

Each president was sworn in on the Bible, saying the words, “So help me God.”

Our national anthem mentions God.

Our nation’s birth certificate, the Declaration of Independence, mentions God four times.

The liberty bell has a Bible verse engraved on it.

The original constitutions of all 50 states mention God.

Chaplains have been on the public payroll from the very beginning.

In fact, the Bible was used as the first textbook in our public schools.

Yes, good, bad, or indifferent, this is historical truth. Some in our culture may not like God as the foundation of this great country, but He is…     or was

This is certainly something to Think About as we say goodbye to Constitution Day, 2009,

Randall Niles



  1. I agree to an extent. Just as in Politics today in our various Adminstrations, It is safe and popular to talk about GOD, the need to pray to GOD in rough times and the so forth, but where is the mention of Christ Jesus?

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