IS THE CONSTITUTION ALREADY INADEQUATE?

Here are a couple of quotes from John Adams.  How do you think they reflect on what is going on in our country today?

 

John Adams 1798 – Address to the Military

We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

John Adams 1776 – letter to Zabdiel Adams

Statesmen by dear Sir, may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand….The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People, in a great Measure, than they have it now, They may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty.

The emphasis is mine in these quotes.  Notice what Adams says about the Constitution – it’s foundation is pure virtue and it is made for a moral and religious people.  He also says that our Constitution is “wholly inadequate” to govern a people that are not moral and religious.  With that said we must ask the obvious – Are the people today a “moral and religious people.” 

Today we have many who believe that the Constitution is a living, breathing document.  By this they mean that the meaning changes based on the changing whims of the people.  If this is true, then it is not worth the paper it is written on because it will change with whomever is in power. 

I believe we are neither moral nor religious in this nation today in the Christian sense.  The founding fathers meant it in a Christian sense.  Now I am not talking about individuals because I know we can find examples of people who are moral and religious all over the place.  I am referring to the nation as a whole.  As a nation we are taking God out of everything.  Religion and morals have taken a back seat to humanism and materialism.  We worship the “self” and seek its immediate gratification instead of making decisions based on what is best in the long term for us and for the nation as a whole. 

We have two choices.  Turn back to the principles taught in the Bible and believed by the founding fathers or continue down the path we are on.  One can restore our nation and the other will doom us to destruction.  Which will we choose?  Is it too late?  Is the Constitution already inadequate……………..

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