Jerry Newcombe
The Constitution—worth celebrating, not trashing
FacebookTwitter
By Jerry Newcombe
September 13, 2023

September 17th each year marks the historic moment in “the year of our Lord 1787” when the Constitution was signed in Philadelphia.

This was a great milestone in world history. More of the constitutions around the world have been patterned after our nation’s governing document than any other frame of government.

But today, the Constitution seems to not be appreciated by many in our culture, including in academia, in the media, in entertainment, even in our government.

A couple of months ago on a bike ride in South Florida, I stopped to photograph something that seemed to me to be a metaphor for our current disrespect for the Constitution.

Someone was throwing out in the trash—along with discarded foliage—a faded, sun-bleached, framed reprint of a classic painting of the founding fathers during the Constitutional Convention.

I thought, how fitting these days—just throwing out the U.S. Constitution with the morning trash. I have already written about a commentator saying on “The View” that that document was “trash”—he used that very term.

Earlier this year I did a radio segment with Dr. Daniel Dreisbach of American University, in which we discussed that particular painting and how the Bible impacted the writing of the Constitution. Dreisbach has noted the open Bible, which can be seen in the bottom right hand corner of the picture.

Meanwhile, polls show that the many younger Americans do not appreciate what we have in this nation with our Constitution.

For example, Axios noted in July that patriotism is down: “Pride in national identity is lowest among those 18-34, and illustrates the fracture between young Americans and older generations at a time of deep partisanship in the United States.”

And the problem is not just among young people, adds Axios: “The percentage of U.S. adults of all ages polled who say they are ‘extremely proud’ to be American remains near a record low, per Gallup.”

Earlier this year, Fox News reported on a controversy in North Carolina—not the most liberal state around. The gist of the story is that the state’s legislature wanted key American historical documents to be taught in our schools, including “the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation, at least five essays from the Federalist Papers, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Gettysburg Address.”

But nearly 700 professors at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill objected enough to sign a petition against the measure. Fox News writes: “The professors argue the legislation ‘violates core principles of academic freedom’ and ‘substitutes ideological force-feeding for the intellectual expertise of faculty.’"

Many of our cultural elites view our Constitution as out-of-date and worth ignoring. But the fact of the matter is the founders bequeathed to the world a governing document that is still working. Many millions of people have benefited from the Constitution.

For my series of films on how Christianity helped give birth to American liberty, I was privileged to interview the late Dr. Walter Williams. Dr. Williams taught at George Mason University and even guest-hosted for Rush Limbaugh on several occasions. He also wrote a weekly column.

Dr. Williams told our audience: “I think that the United States Constitution has been very valuable just considering the evidence: Number one, we still have the Constitution, although it’s not obeyed all the time. But the Constitution has led to the richest and the most powerful nation on the face of this earth and the greatest amount of personal liberty that people enjoy, that is why people try to get to United States, people want to live in United States, they want to become American citizens. And the reason why is the liberty that we have.”

A key reason why the Constitution has been so successful is that it was based on a realistic assessment of human nature—that found in the Scriptures and affirmed by all of history. Man is sinful, and therefore power should be diffused among many. The separation of powers is necessary to keep some from oppressing others, as is in our nature to do.

James Madison, a key architect of the Constitution, noted, “All men having power ought to be distrusted.”

As Alexander Hamilton, delegate from New York to the Constitutional Convention, once said: “The triumphs of Vice are no new things under the sun. And I fear, ’till the Millennium comes, in spite of all our boasted light and purification—hypocrisy and Treachery will continue to be the most successful commodities in the political Market.” (Note that the Millennium refers to the Second Coming of Christ.)

Whatever the reason someone was throwing out the picture of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the fact is that the Constitution is worth keeping in high regard. It has brought liberty to multiple millions, and it continues to do so.

© Jerry Newcombe

 

The views expressed by RenewAmerica columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of RenewAmerica or its affiliates.
(See RenewAmerica's publishing standards.)

Click to enlarge

Jerry Newcombe

Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is the executive director of the Providence Forum, an outreach of D. James Kennedy Ministries, where Jerry also serves as senior producer and an on-air host. He has written/co-written 33 books, including George Washington's Sacred Fire (with Providence Forum founder Peter Lillback, Ph.D.) and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (with D. James Kennedy, Ph.D.). www.djkm.org @newcombejerry www.jerrynewcombe.com

Subscribe

Receive future articles by Jerry Newcombe: Click here

More by this author

 

Stephen Stone
The most egregious lies Evan McMullin and the media have told about Sen. Mike Lee

Siena Hoefling
Protect the Children: Update with VIDEO

Stephen Stone
Flashback: Dems' fake claim that Trump and Utah congressional hopeful Burgess Owens want 'renewed nuclear testing' blows up when examined

Linda Goudsmit
CHAPTER 7: Politicized education

Pete Riehm
Often the dumbest are the most dangerous

Matt C. Abbott
Taking secrets to the grave: Father Kunz murder, 26 years unsolved

Rev. Mark H. Creech
Revelation Chapter 21: A narrative of two cities, exploring the heavenly city

Curtis Dahlgren
'Tis the season for vote buying and lying; smarty pants on fire

Madeline Crabb
The intentional takedown of America: Part two

Jerry Newcombe
The presidents and faith

Michael Bresciani
Trump says he will seek no revenge

Linda Goudsmit
CHAPTER 6: 'An unaware and compliant citizenry'

Pete Riehm
Escape from New York before the Empire State strikes again!

Michael Bresciani
What is a prophet? Are there prophets in our world today?

Steve A. Stone
The world as I view it today
  More columns

Cartoons


Click for full cartoon
More cartoons

Columnists

Matt C. Abbott
Chris Adamo
Russ J. Alan
Bonnie Alba
Chuck Baldwin
Kevin J. Banet
J. Matt Barber
Fr. Tom Bartolomeo
. . .
[See more]

Sister sites