Today marks the 225th Birthday of the U.S. Constitution. The U. S. Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787. If only Americans would celebrate Constitution Day with as much fervor and excitement as we do the Fourth of July-perhaps then we would know what’s in it.
Although September 17, is now officially designated as “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” it is not celebrated with back-yard bar-b-ques and fireworks. Federal law requires public schools to observe that day, but studies show that up to 90 percent of schools ignore the law. This year as we celebrate our Constitution, take time to read it and discuss its great principles.
And by the way, despite the claims of many secularist writers today, the Constitution is not a Godless document. Many of its clauses directly incorporate religious principles, and Founders who wrote and ratified it specifically acknowledged God in its creation:
It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it a finger of that Almighty Hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the Revolution. James Madison
For my own part, I sincerely esteem it a system which without the finger of God never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests. Alexander Hamilton
I beg I may not be understood to infer that our general Convention was Divinely inspired when it formed the new federal Constitution . . . yet I must own [admit] I have so much faith in the general government of the world by Providence that I can hardly conceive a transaction of such momentous importance . . . should be suffered to pass without being in some degree influenced, guided, and governed by that omnipotent, omnipresent, and beneficent Ruler in Whom all inferior spirits “live and move and have their being” [Acts 17:28]. Benjamin Franklin
I do not believe that the Constitution was the offspring of inspiration, but I am as perfectly satisfied that the Union of the States in its form and adoption is as much the work of a Divine Providence as any of the miracles recorded in the Old and New Testament. Benjamin Rush