Gather • Devotion #3: People Rule
Dr. Randy T. Johnson | Growth Pastor
The Founders of the Constitution said, “The great vital and conservative element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrine and divine truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” They sincerely held to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a shame that I might sound politically incorrect or intolerant to quote our founding fathers. We cannot let history be rewritten.
An aspect I like about our government is that there was an importance placed on governing self and family as the first level of governance. This can be seen in several of the Amendments to the Constitution.
- The First Amendment says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” This Amendment shows a trust in people. People are to work things out together peaceably and go to the Government as the last option, not the first.
- The Second Amendment adds, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Again people are to settle issues and not expect the Government to handle everything.
- The Ninth Amendment continues the thought, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” People are the focus, not the Government.
- The Tenth Amendment also says, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Power is delegated to people. We need to figure out how to live together.
This concept of people going to each other first is clear in Scripture. Matthew 18:15-17 says, “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.” When wronged, we are encouraged to go to the person, not the court.
1 Corinthians 6:1 discourages us in taking others to court. It says, “When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints?” Suing is not to be the first option. We need to try and settle things outside of the court.
Our country was founded on Christian principles with an emphasis to live correctly. The founders emphasized “pure doctrine and divine truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” We are blessed and need to be a blessing to God.