All but one or two of the founders have written in their journals or shared with others the divine nature of the document they helped to create. While none claim to be prophets, seers, or revelators, each saw the hand of God in the creation of the Constitution. Consider the following speech recorded by James Madison, as Benjamin Franklin spoke to the Constitutional Convention on June 28, 1787:
“The small progress we have made after four or five weeks close attendance & continual reasonings with each other—our different sentiments on almost every question, several of the last producing as many nays and yays, is methinks a melancholy proof of the imperfection of the Human Understanding. We indeed seem to feel our own want of political wisdom, since we have been running about in search of it. We have gone back to ancient history for models of Government, and examined the different forms of those Republics which having been formed with the seeds of their own dissolution now no longer exist. And we have viewed Modern States all round Europe, but find none of their Constitutions suitable to our circumstances.
In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the Contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, & they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance?
I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proof I see of this truth that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that “except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.
I therefore beg leave to move-that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that Service.”
Our founders looked to Heaven in search of the words that would form a free nation. In 1774, it was Thomas Cushing that encouraged the delegates to begin their meetings with a prayer. But there was a problem. There were many different denominations or churches represented in Congress. It was Samuel Adams that stood up and said, “he was no bigot, and could hear a prayer from a Gentleman of Piety and Virtue.” He went on to recommend Anglican minister Jacob Duché to open the proceeding with a prayer, and everyone agreed. The next day Reverend Duché started the meeting by reading several prayers and then began to pray from his heart. This prayer touched every member deeply. Since this time, Congress has employed spiritual leaders to assist in imploring God’s help through prayer. Our founders spent hours and hours upon their knees in prayer, often resulting in a complete change of political position.
The Scriptures teach that, “By their fruits ye shall know them.” Can anyone deny the fruits of the Constitution, the fruits of a free society, or the fruits of the Constitutional Republic to which we belong?
The God-inspired document we call The Constitution of the United State of America liberates man to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. But, like the scriptures, we cannot understand its inspired nature without first reading, studying, and prayerfully pondering its text. One does not come to know the inspired nature of The Constitution by simply knowing of its existence.
The good fruits offered by The Constitution are earned generation after generation. Each generation must learn the inspired principles taught in its text. Without this learning and the associated spiritual confirmation of the documents inspired nature, The Constitution is set aside as an antiquated document not applicable to today’s society.
In my opinion, Trump sees the Constitution as “not applicable” and Hillary sees the Constitution as a barrier to government control. Neither see the Constitution as inspired. We must make a better choice this November if we wish to continue as a free nation governed by an inspired Constitution.