The United States’ Constitution is one of the most ingenious governing documents ever written in human history. The only governing failures that has taken place was the result of interpretation failing to adhere to the Constitution’s guidelines. You can classify the Constitution as a living and breathing document not unlike the Bible.http://www.shepherdpress.com/the-constitution-a-blueprint-for-destruction/
There are incidents in American history such as the genocide against the Native American Indians, the subjugation of the black race into slavery, and the internment of Japanese-Americans into concentration camps are examples of tremendous failures to correctly interpret the Constitution. At times even the Supreme Court greatly error as with the Dred Scott decision due to human prejudices that twisted the meaning of the Constitution.
The problem with a moral document, you need moral people to properly interpret it. You will generate chaos should one begin to interpret the Constitution to mean whatever the viewer wants it to mean. Slavery was validated because blacks were not really human so those with racist thinking could bend the truth to meet their bias views.
In the book of Judges, the Jewish nation had the law of God, but as stipulated in the last verse….”people did what was right in their own eyes”. This explained the tremendous moral decline suffered by the Israel when they had the moral law but chose to ignore it when it conflicted with their lusts of the flesh or working with idolatry.
The framers of the American Constitution were not only brilliant with strong moral values, but their wisdom of not forcing their religious views into the Constitution as a mandate was probably the only time in history men effectively restricted themselves from having too much religious influence. The founding fathers understood the tyranny of the Church of England and what can happen if a theocracy dominated the government without proper restrictions.
The distinction of freedom of religion is quite different from freedom from religion. The framers did not want the government interfering at all into the religious aspects of society. This barrier if ever breached will unleash damaging consequences that would be nearly impossible to reverse or correct.
Moral law was clearly extrapolated from the Bible as a building block of social standards. Many structures as the Supreme Court building is a monument to the standard our laws were based, not only the Ten Commandments which dominates the visual examples of the building, but the concept of prayer is predominant in many of our governmental practices. It was not uncommon to open and close the sessions of the legislature, justice department and military gatherings with prayer. The Bible is the standard our court system is based even with the swearing in of witnesses to tell the truth according to the stipulations of the Bible.
The post-modern spirituality plaguing America injects a variety of different philosophies that relegates absolute moral standards to the whims of the individual. Using the constitution to substantiate behavior, emotions, or feelings instead of foundational truths are eroding the fabric of our society. Societies of the past have collapsed upon themselves as each deteriorated to a state where personal opinion became the god of each individual. Greek society and culture tolerated anything and ultimately it led to chaos. The Roman Empire became so corrupted by their individual lusts that it eventually rotted away from within.
There are healthy expressions that benefit society and there are unhealthy expressions that are destructive. Definitive truth in standards must be acknowledged and maintained or eventually there will be a wasting away which is the result in grounding ideas based upon folly.
Our Constitution is a magnificent framework as long as it is not corrupted by inferior ideas or poisonous additions that eat away at the main purpose of establishing a moral law for a moral people. Our wise founding fathers gave us a document that can be used either to maintain its high ideals or create desecration that would ultimately lead to the destruction of our nation.
And it has always been far easier to destroy than create.