We have been reminded by the National Center for Constitutional Studies (NCCS www.nccs.net/) that September 17th is Constitution Day and the 17th through the 23rd is Constitution Week. It is the time we are to turn more attention to the miracle that we call America. In fact, federal law requires that the Constitution be celebrated and taught in our nation’s schools more intently during Constitution Week. Many of our state constitutions include words similar to: “A frequent recurrence to fundamental principles is essential to the security of individual rights and the perpetuity of free government.”
In the Making of America seminars sponsored by the National Center For Constitutional Studies, they remind citizens that, since the Constitution of the United States was ratified, we have made more human progress in 200 years than mankind made in all of the previous 5000 years combined. The Founders did not consider this a coincidence. To them it was a great latter-day marvel, one in which Providence played a key role in advancing freedom and the protection of the rights of mankind not only in America but throughout the entire world. John Adams said it this way:
“I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in Providence for the illumination of the ignorant, and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.”
Historian John Fiske emphasizes the Founders’ feelings that America has special purpose:
“They believed that they were doing a wonderful thing. They felt themselves to be instruments in accomplishing a kind of “manifest destiny.” Their exodus [from Europe] was that of a chosen people who were at length to lay the everlasting foundations of God’s kingdom upon earth…. This steadfast faith in an unseen ruler and guide was to them a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night. It was of great moral value. It gave them clearness of purpose and concentration of strength, and contributed towards making them, like the children of Israel, a people of indestructible vitality and aggressive energy.”
“Could we not say, with the Founders, that if it is the will of Providence that His children be free, He surely would help provide a way for the freedom message to be spread? No longer do we need to take days, weeks, and even months to communicate messages to our fellow Americans or even to the world. Information, teachings, messages, and testimonials today are sent instantaneously throughout the world. Can it not be said that these tools have been given us by the Creator to help spread His message of freedom faster than ever before? Does there not seem to be an urgency in us to hasten the work of teaching freedom to mankind?”
And best of all, we do not need to go down to the public square to proclaim our message to perhaps hundreds of people. Through the Internet and social media, we can now individually reach thousands and we can do it right in the comfort of our home!
To learn more about this project, visit the website for the National Center for Constitutional Studies www.nccs.net/2014-09-us-constitution-in-social-media.php
At the encouragement of the National Center for Constitutional Studies, In subsequent installments, we will be offering important quotes from our founding fathers, and additional information about the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and why these timeless documents upon which our nation was founded are still of critical importance today.