The Biblical Basis of the Bill of Rights
By Pastor Earl Wallace, Pastor, Liberty Christian Fellowship
As a contemporary member of the historical body of Christ, I appreciate how God has worked to inspire past believers to codify His will for our freedoms in America’s earliest civic and founding documents. I also stand for truth by resisting deceptive revisionist historians who attempt to convince us to cast aside those traditions that connect us to God, Who is Author of our inalienable rights based upon the Ten Commandments.
As a Christian minister, I feel compelled to call to repentance people who are willing to break every one of God’s Ten Commandments, and to get us to abandon the traditions of pursuing, life, liberty and happiness, handed down to us by America’s founding Christians. Satan’s tactics include blinding us to the importance of applying the Bible to civics by getting us to misunderstand and mishandle the concept of “separation of church and state,” a phrase neither appearing in the Bible, nor the Declaration of Independence, nor in America’s Constitution! Go research those documents and see for yourself.
If God was going to separate Himself from any aspect of the lives of the people He loves, especially civics, He never would have drowned Pharaoh’s army in the sea when that ruler led his state to disobey God. We also would not see god working through government rulers during biblical episodes involving the judges, Queen Esther, the three boys in the fiery furnace, Daniel in the Lion’s Den, Ezra and Nehemiah getting support to rebuild Jerusalem, Kings David and Solomon, and even John the Baptist being sent to call King Herod to repentance, which would have been a blessing to his kingdom.
I believe our challenge is that we are trying to be patriotic to the vision of America’s Founders and loyal to the U.S. Constitution they wrote without possessing the Bible –believing faith that inspired and directed them. Or, we think we are operating in a way that is consistent with that tradition, but we have actually gone far off course due to the deceptive interpretation of “separation of church and state.” Because America’s Founders, for the most part, were unified as disciples of Christ, who believed the Bible was the supreme reference for all matters of life, including personal and public behavior, science, government and civics, I believe America only can be restored through a revival of people committing to a genuine relationship with Christ, through esteeming God’s Word.
By possessing the Bible–believing faith that inspired and directed America’s Founders, it is possible to see the connection between the Bible’s Ten Commandments and the Bill of Rights, the foundation of the US Constitution — the cornerstone of American culture. The principles, in what I call “The Biblical Basis of The Bill of Rights,” synthesize personal responsibility before God within corporate and civic life, so that no matter what occupation, position or pursuit one enters, the same behaviors are expected, and should be anticipated. The challenges we experience in our contemporary personal and civic lives are due to our disengagement from the values that motivated the system by which our national republic, individual states and communities were to be governed.
If that seems religious, it is because the concepts come primarily from understanding how the Bible applies both to people’s personal and civic lives. America was founded upon the application of the Bible to civics. There are Ten Commandments and the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States contains ten amendments. Each of the amendments in the Bill of Rights are designed to compel people in government to treat “We the People” according to the Ten Commandments. The Declaration of Independence says God, our Creator, endows each of us with unalienable rights.
America’s founding fathers absolutely understood that people’s rights come from God. Thomas Aquinas called these rights our “natural decalogue rights.” America’s founders realized God was saying through:
Commandments 1-4 – “you have a right to worship God the way the Bible says to worship Him.”
Commandment 5 – “you have a right to an honorable family.”
Commandment 6 – “you have a right to defend your life and not be murdered. ”
Commandment 7 – “you have a right to have sex only with your marriage partner,” and “you have a right not to be sexually assaulted.”
Commandment 8 – “you have a right not to be stolen from – nor have your property improperly seized.”
Commandment 9 – “you have a right not to be lied to, slandered or falsely accused.”
Commandment 10 – “you have a right not to have your belongings or property coveted.“
This means that governments cannot violate the Bill of Rights without also violating God’s Ten Commandments.
The First Amendment begins with Freedom of Religion, to safeguard our public worship of God per 10 Commandments 1-4. If America’s Founders wanted “separation of church and state,”they would have made five separate amendments, instead of combining five activities into one amendment, which begins with Freedom of Religion because The Bible is supposed to be the foundation of America’s national conscience to guide our sense of …
- what is proper and improper Free Speech;
- how the Free Press should report as criminal behavior that which The Bible calls public sin and should proclaim as noteworthy that which the Bible calls praiseworthy;
- why we freely Assemble for church and Bible studies, so we understand our God-given rights
- why we should Petition government to Redress our Grievances (violations) of the government breaking God’s Commandments against “We the People!”
By possessing a similar Bible–believing faith that inspired and directed America’s Founders, it is possible today to revert to The Bible as the supreme reference for all matters of life, including personal and public behavior, science, government and civics. It is possible for the United States to be restored to God’s original blueprint for America through a revival of “We the People” committing to a genuine relationship with Christ, with true esteem towards the liberating power of God’s Word.