James Madison explained in a letter to
W.T. Barry, August 4, 1822,
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance;
and a people who mean to be their own governors
must arm themselves with the power which
Madison, the Father of the Constitution, wrote this conviction with
authority. He knew first-hand that it
was the enlightened, intelligent understanding of Biblical principles that
informed the public opinion of the founding generation to establish the world’s
first constitutional Republic with the essential ingredients of the consent of
the governed, the principle of representation, the checks and balances of
branches and a dual form (state and national), and above all, the rule of law—of
nature and nature’s God. He had worked
and studied all of his life to know these truths.
also that the principles that began, created, and established the American
Republic are the necessary means of sustaining it. True knowledge is the power essential to keep
a Republic. The principles must be
founded in us and forged into the hearts of our children in order to sustain
our American liberty and be a blessing to the world.
Many of us
have been robbed of this truth—this powerful knowledge. Our educations were filled with facts and
figures but devoid of principles. The
methods of teaching we experienced cultivated the character of dependence and
conformity, not the spirit of transforming Truth. We can fill-in blanks but we cannot think and
reason from cause to effect. We can choose and circle one: A, B, or C, but we
cannot identify and articulate principles and apply them to all areas of
life. The inability to reason from
principles threatens the Republic and fails to sustain American liberty secured
in the Constitution.
How will you observe Constitution Week this year? Transforming or conforming?
We have a
newly revised and most appropriate tool for observing Constitution Week: The Bible and the Constitution, 2nd
Ed. This 2012 edition of the volume originally published as
a collector’s edition to commemorate Ronald Reagan’s presidential proclamation
making 1983 the Year of the Bible is available now in paperback with an
integrated study guide. This mini-study
provides the storytellers: parents, grandparents, teachers, pastors, and
patriots with a simple account—a primer—of America’s Christian history and the
Biblical principles of the U.S. Constitution.
It outlines the story you must learn and then tell the children. Study questions throughout the text supply
leading ideas to consider and ponder and help discern principles we must apply
to our lives today.
invited to arm yourself and your family with the powerful knowledge contained
in this slender but mighty volume. Begin your personal or family study or host a
study group of friends, neighbors, co-workers, or Sunday school class members to
mark the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America on September
"We the people. . . do ordain and establish this Constitution for the
United States of America”
this seventeenth day of September in the Year of our Lord two thousand
twelve and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred thirty-sixth.
U.S. CODE Title 36—Patriotic and National Observances, Ceremonies, and
§ 108. Constitution Week
The President is
requested to issue each year a proclamation—
designating September 17 through September 23 as Constitution Week; and
inviting the people of the United States to observe Constitution Week, in
schools, churches, and other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies and
(Pub. L. 105–225, Aug.
12, 1998, 112 Stat. 1256.)
AND REVISION NOTES: Revised
Section 108 .............; Source (U.S. Code) 36:159. Source
(Statutes at Large) Aug. 2, 1956, ch. 875, 70 Stat. 932.