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The Christian Roots of Our Constitution

Posted By Verna M. Hall, Tuesday, September 17, 2013

"Why is the Constitution of the United States of America a Christian document setting forth the Christian form of civil government?  Simply because its nature and essence, its structure and framework are to be found in the Word of God, the Holy Bible.  This does not mean that we have a Theocracy, but it does give us a Christian republic.  There have been many republics in the history of government, both before and after the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ, but only the United States of America can claim to have been founded as a Christian Republic. . . .

"To understand where the power or sovereignty of government resides, is a leading point in understanding America's Christian Constitution.  Unless this point is accepted, the Constitution becomes like other constitutions, and government is treated as a force, an entity outside the individual, against which he must forever war or contend. . . .

"Where a people believe the power of government to reside determines whether they believe that man exists for the state or that the state exists for man. . . .

"To the colonists, civil government was understood to be a mirror of the people's ability to be self-governed; to show forth how little or how much self-government they lived.

"As we consider the form of government our Constitution sets forth, we find at it has three essential elements: 1) Representation1, 2) Three branches—legislative, judicial, and executive2, and 3) The Dual aspect of the state and the nation3.  Upon these pillars is erected the superstructure of our state and national constitutions.  And because these elements did not originate with an external government, but are the Biblical admonitions to the individual desiring to live the life of a Christian, we find these pillars of government in every aspect of our American life.

"As we understand that these elements find their roots in Scripture, we can unequivocally state that the Constitution of the United States of America is the Christian form of civil government.  The determining factor, we submit, is not whether Christians formed the Constitution, but whether the form is Christian according to the Word of God.

 "We submit these facets of our Constitution as illustrative of its Christian nature and form."


1.Deuteronomy 1:13-15

2. Isaiah 33:22

3. Matthew 22:37-40, In these verses the "individual's relation to God and to man are hereby stated, and for the Christian there must be consistency in his behavior, whether he is dealing with one neighbor, or infinite millions.  Both commandments must be lived by each Christian and in their stated sequence—in extension they become the national-federal concept of our Constitution, self-government with union.  For our nation, they become the Monroe Doctrine."

Post excerpted from:
Verna M. Hall, "The Christian Roots of our Constitution," unpublished talk (1965).  Published in The Journal, Vol. VIII, The Foundation for American Christian Education, 1999, pp.6-11.

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