Junius Brutus Stearns, Washington at Constitutional Convention of 1787,Signing of U.S. Constitution
On September 17, 1787, 40 bold men from 12 states signed the document that would guarantee in writing the rights and liberties of citizens of the newly formed United States of America. The signers knew, however, that the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution were only secure if the Christian character of the people remained strong.
Two hundred and twenty-eight years later, we commemorate this world-shaking event with these reflections:
The Tree of Liberty must be nourished with our attention to what constitutes the Constitution. This has to do with Conscience and Character, and must—in the home, church, and school—restore Christian conscience and Christian character as the keystone to the foundation of liberty and freedom.
Rosalie J. Slater, Co-Founder of The Foundation for American Christian Education
The record of America as a Christian nation resides in the documented history of her founding. This record has been deliberately obscured in order to deprive the American of his Christian heritage of individual liberty. The rediscovery of the Christian foundation of our country and its form of government can restore Christian Leadership to America. But in order to return America to Christianity, this knowledge must be the background of every individual engaged in the education of American youth—parents, clergymen, and educators.
From “The Christian Roots of Our Constitution” by Verna M. Hall, Co-Founder, The Foundation for American Christian Education
American constitutionalism was rooted in the absolutes of God’s law. True law is in accord with God’s law. William Blackstone, whose Commentaries of the Laws of England (1765) was a primary resource for those studying law in America until the twentieth century, said that “no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to the law of nature [which is] dictated by God himself…[or to] the law of revelation [which is] to be found only in the holy Scriptures.”
From “Noah Webster, God’s Law, and the U.S. Constitution” by Stephen McDowell