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How will you observe Constitution Week 2012?

Posted By Connie Moody, Friday, September 14, 2012

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 knowledge gives.

James 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.

Madison knew 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.

You are 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 17, 1787.

"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 Organizations

§ 108. Constitution Week

The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation—

(1) designating September 17 through September 23 as Constitution Week; and

(2) inviting the people of the United States to observe Constitution Week, in schools, churches, and other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

(Pub. L. 105–225, Aug. 12, 1998, 112 Stat. 1256.)

HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES: Revised Section 108 .............; Source (U.S. Code) 36:159. Source (Statutes at Large) Aug. 2, 1956, ch. 875, 70 Stat. 932.

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