The United States of America are at a pivot point in history. We, as a citizenry, can no longer afford to think or make decisions in terms of immediacy alone. We must become students of our own history based on facts, while thinking and making decisions in terms of decades and centuries. The brilliance of the founding fathers of our great country indicates this type of forward thinking is found in the natural law of divine origin that directs the hearts and consciences of all people willing to listen.
As written, prophetically so, by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
This statement made over 240 years ago defines the very nature of our existence. It acknowledges first our Creator, who impressed upon our souls the innate knowledge of justice that recognizes our right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. No government or person can promise you happiness, nor should they. The government should pave the way to allow each one of us the opportunity to pursue our God-given right to happiness. The government can and should, however, protect all lives from conception until natural death and our liberties as impressed upon our souls by natural law. Without life or liberty, there can be no justice.
It is also sadly true that many of the citizens of the United States lack a clear understanding of the nature and function of our Constitutional Republic. Our founders defined the States as a republic, not a democracy or an oligarchy, in order that its citizens are protected from mob rule and the oppressive control of an elite few. If we are to understand the nature and form of the Republic our founding fathers intended, we need go no further than the preamble found in the constitution:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
First, the preamble once again recognizes the divine hand by indicating that our liberty is a blessing. Our courageous founders recognized with consistency that all we have and can ever have on this earth comes from no one else but God Himself. And in the immortal words of John Adams, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.” Stated with simplicity, therefore, if we, as a people, do not regain our grounding of a natural sense of morality, the ‘great experiment’ of the United States of America will be doomed to failure.
Second, the preamble defines the purpose of the constitution in accordance with justice, tranquility, common defense, general welfare and liberty. When taken in the context of the Christian ethos, these five functions can and should define for each citizen the common good. An embrace of this same ethos can also define a proper disposition toward our fellow citizens. Should not each of us desire a republic where justice, tranquility, common defense, general welfare and liberty are the foundational standards by which all laws are defined? The answer would be a resounding “Yes!”
Clearly, over the last several decades, our country has lost its way. Our education system has failed to teach the proper role of a citizen in this Republic as defined by the common good. Our role is not just a passive role of ‘vote and go home.’ Our Republic has been designed for an active and moral citizenry. We must, therefore, re-engage and work toward the common good of all citizens, and we must of necessity in relation to our very existence engage with the full force of our faith in God our Almighty Father. Our lack of engagement, if not outright disinterest, has led us to the verge of becoming an oppressive oligarchy ruled by an elite few, who care little for the welfare of its populace much less the common good. If we are to pivot toward the common good and rebuild the soul of our great nation, we must throw off the shackles of our allegiances. We must unite in faith to regain the moral foundation of the truths our founding fathers found self-evident.
We have been placed in this time by God. It is both our and His glorious time and He has given us all the graces and tools we need to move forward with hope. I invite you, therefore, to join me in the work at hand in both prayer and action. God is good.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you (Jn 15:16).