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July 4th

Posted by twpeck on July 3, 2008

In two days will be the 232nd “Birthday” of the United States of America. It has, so far, been a fascinating experiment in Representative Democracy and the balancing of power in governing people.

It is worthwhile, at this time, to remember the Preamble of the Constitution, which is sort of the vision statement or the purpose statement of our government. Let’s take a look at it:

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Here are some thoughts on this amazing statement:

  • This government system was established to bring order and protection to the people.
  • Government is not about about power or authority (as is often the case), but instead to serve the people
  • There is an implied sense here that it is about all people, not just the rich or just the poor or just the majority or just the minority.
  • Bringing about Justice and Liberty (they are capitalized on purpose) are primary functions of this government.
  • Government exists because the people want it.

It would do us well to pull out that dusty old document called the Constitution and read it. We would do even better if we could look at a law or a regulation or a program offered by government and ask ourselves if what is being proposed measures to the Preamble. Does it meet the purpose and function of government? One wonders how many would not.

Bible thought for this entry:

Michah 6: 8 – No, O people, the LORD has already told you what is good, and this is what he requires: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

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