For a More Perfect Union, We Need to Read the Constitution | Opinion

Three "C"s have made America great: Christianity, capitalism and the Constitution. These are the pillars upon which our nation was founded and on which it stands today. Remove any one of them, and America will likely collapse.

A critical part of what sets America apart from other countries is the incredibly unique document that broadly defines our laws and our rights: the Constitution. As we observe Constitution Day on Friday, Sept. 17, now is a timely opportunity to reflect on the document that has governed our nation since its inception.

The Constitution is not divinely inspired and infallible in the manner of the Bible, but its sheer brilliance as our government's founding document reveals God's blessing upon it.

A stunningly powerful aspect of the genius of our Constitution is that it can be changed. Our Founding Fathers recognized their own imperfections. They didn't claim to have created a perfect union, but rather a government striving toward "a more perfect union." They empowered future generations to expand and codify into law liberties unforeseen in 1789.

But they also constructed boundaries around the Constitution, to prevent rash decisions or shifting cultural winds from enacting detrimental changes that do not reflect who we are as a nation.

Our Constitution—especially the first 10 amendments, known as the Bill of Rights—does not in any instance empower the government at the cost of restricting the liberty of citizens. In every case, it considers power an inherent asset of the people, not the politicians. The purpose of the Bill of Rights is to explicitly enumerate the rights that were the sole property of the people, and to limit the government in its power.

This document that restricts the government and empowers the citizens has made America great. The Constitution does not give you a set of "do's and don'ts." Instead, it acts as a boundary for the government.

The government cannot keep you from practicing or abstaining from religion as you see fit. And despite what the governors of California, Michigan, Virginia or New York may say, the government cannot restrict you from meeting, worshiping or even singing.

The government cannot restrict your freedom of speech, even if what you say is offensive or outrageous.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY: 17 National Guard Master Sergeant George Roachs holds up a pamphlet of the U.S. Constitution on January 17, 2021 in Washington, DC. "It's hard for me to stress the importance that Guard soldiers are everyday citizens," he said. "We have families, homes, and hobbies just like you do. We are humans - not robots." After last week's riots at the U.S. Capitol Building, the FBI has warned of additional threats in the nation's Capitol and in all 50 states. According to reports, as many as 25,000 National Guard soldiers will be guarding the city as preparations are made for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th U.S. President. Brandon Bell/Getty Images

The government cannot prohibit you from owning weapons to protect yourself, your family or your property.

The government cannot take away your private property unless it is needed for a public purpose, and even then it has to pay you for it.

The government cannot send police into your home to look around without probable cause, because they are required to have a search warrant signed by a judge.

The government cannot deprive you of life or liberty without due process—a right which ought to stop abortion in its tracks if politicians would only have the courage to act on the personhood of every individual.

And the federal government must leave decisions to the state governments unless otherwise expressly written in the Constitution. That alone should put a stop to a lot of what Washington does, because the Constitution simply does not give Congress that much power; instead, the Constitution grants that power to us, the citizens.

What does this mean for the votes we cast? The Constitution grants states the power to set voting requirements. But Democrats in Congress are working hard to strip us of that power through a dangerous piece of legislation called the "John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act" (H.R. 4). This bill provides bureaucrats in the Department of Justice with nearly limitless power to veto new election laws in every state.

As a concerned citizen and as the Honorary Chairman of My Faith Votes, an organization that equips and motivates millions of Christians to vote in every election, I see that type of election "reform" as a threat to the very foundation of our constitutional republic.

The title deed to our freedom lies in the extraordinary document we call the Constitution. In our current political climate, I am confident that many of our judges and members of Congress have not even read the contents of that deed.

But that's no excuse for us.

So as we commemorate Constitution Day, I encourage you to read through this incredible document. Let it motivate you to be an engaged and informed citizen. And may it remind you of your love for the country it built.

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