Episode 426:Christmas Constitutional Covenant Chaos

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Are you scratching your chin wondering what might be the story of Christmas Constitutional Covenant Chaos? You ask, What is my wildChaos imagination drawing up now from the deep historical relevance of Christmas and Constitutionalism?

I’m going to keep this in the context of covenant, relative constitutionalism, the legal chaos of Christmas. As with other programs of this nature, I am going to take you all over the universe from the light of creation to our present humanistic destitute daemons of democracy flashing their white asses in politically hallowed halls. How’s that for ‘deck the halls?’

Just a Reminder:

Wishing you all a Blessed Remembrance of Christ birth into humanity for our salvation.

With that Liberty that He gives:

The people themselves must be the chief support of liberty. While the great body of the freeholders are acquainted with the duties which they owe to their God, to themselves, and to men, they will remain free. But if ignorance and depravity should prevail, they will inevitably lead to slavery and ruin.”

— Oliver Ellsworth at the Connecticut Ratifying Convention, 1788.

Conclusion

When it comes to Christmas Constitutional Covenant and Chaos, you wont make it to the full conclusion so I will sum it up here.

The Chaos of Christmas is the tolerance of evil at every level in every institution that governs mankind, beginning with the pulpits.

Chaos in Constitutionalism is the tolerance of deception, evil, in education and the merger of government with business to the demise of foundational Liberty. As well as the excessive violation of keeping an ‘oath of office’ by the bureaucrats and mostly the elected. See what St. George Tucker writes about these who are then ‘guilty of usurpation, and contempt of the sovereign authority.’ See the full references on Oath violation here.

The Chaos of Covenant in respect to the previous two is that deep seated relationships and mutual responsibility in those is seldom found let alone understood in these United States of self-indulgence and self (period).

In the end, evil and tolerance are allowed to persist by putting them center stage and making kings of them. Yes, these have existed since the fall of Adam but, when the Christ of Christmas is relegated to the gaffer on the set then the whole play turns to the tragedies worse than those of ancient Greece of Shakespeare.

Seek the Lord, Jesus the Christ, The Reason For the Season. Tolerate evil and the evil plus tolerance together become the lord of the dance.

Christmas Chaos

Reflections from a Founding era Pastor that captures more than just a babe in a manger.

A couple of quotes from a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Rev. John Witherspoon:

‘Let me therefore beg your attention to two or three obvious remarks on the sufferings of Christ. 1. His afflictions began early, with his first entrance into the world. No sooner did the man Christ Jesus see the light of this world, but presently did affliction salute him. Immediately after his contemptible birth, did Herod, that bloody tyrant, seek to destroy him; so that we may allude to that expression, Rev. xii. 4. “And the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, to devour her child as soon as it was born.”’ Works of John Witherspoon, Vol. III, pg 69

‘Can there be any thing more encouraging than these gracious invitations? Here it is that we ought to take in the wife and happy constitution of the Redeemer’s person, son of man, as well as the Son of God, and the meekness and gentleness of his disposition. This was prophesied of him of old, Isa. xlii. i, 2, 3. ** Behold my servant whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him, he shall bring forth judgement to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgement unto truth.” This was beautifully and admirably fulfilled by his appearance in the flesh, by the meanness of his birth, though not of his parentage, by the poverty and self-denial of his life, by the meekness and lowliness of his carriage, not only through life, but in the last and suffering stage of it; for he endured the contradiction of sinners against himself; when he was reviled, he reviled not again. So that he might with the greatest justice say as in the context, “Take my yoke.”’ Works of John Witherspoon, Vo. IV, pg 192

‘The Redeemer acquired immortal renown among the angels, and the whole celestial host. This we may speak of with abundance of certainty, and with yet clearer comprehension. Doubtless their happiness consists in the vision and contemplation of an infinite God. And therefore the manifestation and exercise of the divine perfections, both in providence and grace, administer to them matter of continual and increasing delight. There is a beautiful representation of their employment, Is. vi. I. 2. 3. “In the year that king Uzziah died, I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had fix wings with twain (two) he covered his face, with twain (two) he covered his feet, and with twain (two) he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.”’ Works of John Witherspoon, Vol. IV, pg205

I can continue with many more quotes from other pastors but you get the point, I hope. Christmas is more than a babe it is the totality of God coming to humanity for His purposes and glory.

Yet the Courts of the United States are in chaos over Christmas.

Christmas Chaos – the Courts

Here I will refer you to two links at the Belcher Foundation regarding Court cases and the secularization of Christmas. A prolog summary is that humanism within the legal structure is in chaos regarding the historical truth of Christ and His birth.

First: United States District Court, S.D. Florida, upholds a “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” display at county holiday display event (Holiday Fantasy of Lights) as constitutionally-protected private religious speech. Excerpts from the court opinion by Chief Judge Zloch, 299 F.Supp.2d 1295, 1297-1305 (S.D. Fla. 2003) are at this link.

Second regarding the secularization of Christmas are the following directly from this link:

Florey v. Sioux Falls School District 49-5, 464 F.Supp. 911 (D. S.D. 1979), affirmed, Florey v. Sioux Falls School District 49-5, 619 F.2d 1311 (8th Cir.), cert. denied, 449 U.S. 987 (1980)). Though the Florey decisions upheld the constitutionality of a Christmas program with religious elements, the courts held that such religious elements had a secular effect.

– In 1993, the United States District Court, District of New Jersey upheld the constitutionality of holiday recognition in public school where the school calendar acknowledged both secular and religious holidays, including non-Christian holidays, on the basis of diversity and tolerance. Read: Clever v. Cherry Hill Township Board of Education, 838 F.Supp. 929 (D. N.J. 1993).

– In 2000, the case of Sechler v. State College Area School District, 121 F. Supp.2d 439 (M.D. Pa. 2000) involved a winter holiday program at a public school in which symbols, rituals, and songs of cultural and religious holidays (non-Christian holidays) were displayed or sung, while a traditional Christmas carol was parodied and secular Christmas songs were sung. Christianity was depicted in a secular and cultural way, and the Christmas tree was called a “Giving Tree”. The plaintiff complained that non-Christian religions “were emphasized while Christianity was under-emphasized or ignored.” Id. At 451. Yet the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania held that the school display and program was constitutional and did not exhibit hostility toward Christianity.

Constitutional Covenant

I devote a chapter regarding covenant in my book on the Constitution. My point in say that is to get you to understand that there is a deep study that must be revived in knowing what ‘covenant’ is and that many of the Founders view the US Constitution as such in contest to the individual Citizens. Yet, when it came to the relationship between the states, it is clearly a ‘compact.’

I know, the common thoughts are that our constitution is ‘a civil compact’ or ‘a social compact.’ Well, the use of ‘compact’ is that which holds to a ‘covenant’ by looking at who are the parties acting in the course of its execution.

Considers first what St. George Tucker wrote and taught.

‘“In a democratical government all authority is derived from the people at large, held only during their pleasure, and exercised only for their benefit. The constitution is a social covenant entered into by express consent of the people upon the footing of the most perfect equality with respect to civil liberty. No man has any privilege above his fellow citizens, except whilst in office, and even then, none but what they have thought proper to vest in him solely for the purpose of supporting him in the effectual performance of his duty to the public.’

Now let us take account of the 1828 definition of ‘compact.’

As a Noun:

An agreement; a contract between parties; a word that may be applied, in a general sense, to any covenant or contract between individuals; but it is more generally applied to agreements between nations and states, as treaties and confederacies. So the constitution of the United States is a political contract between the States; a national compact Or the word is applied to the agreement of the individuals of a community.

As a Transitive Verb:

1. To thrust, drive or press closely together; to join firmly; to consolidate; to make close; as the parts which compose a body.

2. To unite or connect firmly, as in a system.

3. To league with.

My question to you regarding how you view Constitutionalism in general is: Does anyone understand these definitions to clearly exercise their intent in any sincere manner for good governance?

Sam Adams Wisdom

TO JOHN ADAMS.

[MS., Adams Papers, Quincy; a draft is in the Samuel Adams Papers, Lenox Library; the text is in John Adams, Works, vol. vi., pp. 412-414, W. V. Wells, Life of Samuel Adams, vol. iii., pp. 300-302; cf. Department of State, Bureau of Rolls and Library, Bulletin No. 8, p. 15.]

BOSTON Octr 4th 1790

‘…But while we daily see the violence of the human passions controuling the Laws of Reason and religion, and stifling the very feelings of humanity; can we wonder, that in such tumults little or no regard is had to Political Checks and Ballances? And such tumults have always happened within as well as without doors. The best formed constitutions that have yet been contrived by the wit of Man have, and will come to an End—because “the Kingdoms of the Earth have not been governed by Reason.” The Pride of Kings, of Nobles, and leaders of the People who have all governed in their turns, have disadjusted the delicate frame, and thrown all into confusion. What then is to be done?—Let Divines, and Philosophers, Statesmen and Patriots unite their endeavours to renovate the Age, by impressing the Minds of Men with the importance of educating their little boys, and girls—of inculcating in the Minds of youth the fear, and Love of the Deity, and universal Phylanthropy; and in subordination to these great principles, the Love of their Country—of instructing them in the Art of self government, without which they never can act a wise part in the Government of Societys great, or small—in short of leading them in the Study, and Practice of the exalted Virtues of the Christian system, which will happily tend to subdue the turbulent passions of Men, and introduce that Golden Age beautifully described in figurative language; when the Wolf shall dwell with the Lamb, and the Leopard lie down with the Kid—the Cow, and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together, and the Lyon shall eat straw like the Ox—none shall then hurt, or destroy; for the Earth shall be full of the Knowledge of the Lord.’

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References:

1. St. George Tucker – View of the Constitution of the United States with Selected Writings

2. Belcher Foundation Christian Law Library

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St. George Tucker on the Oath

My emphasis is in bold and italics.

Page 105-106

If the laws of a democracy prove unwholesome in their effects, it is because the members of the legislature have erred in their judgment, as the best and wisest men are liable to do; in which case, they will soon correct the error; or because they have been improperly chosen, in which case, it depends on the people to correct it, at the next election. In a democracy a legislator, as well as every other public functionary, is responsible to the community for the uprightness of this conduct. If he concurs in an unconstitutional act, he is guilty of usurpation, and contempt of the sovereign authority, which has forbidden him to pass the bounds prescribed by the constitution. He has violated his oath, and the most sacred of all duties. To omit him at the next election is not an adequate punishment for such a crime. Abuse of power is despotism, and the democracy that does not guard against it, is defective. If in any department of government, a man may abuse, or exceed his powers, without fear of punishment, the right of one man is at the mercy of another, and freedom in such a government, has no existence.

Page 242 Regarding the amendments.

XIV. That every freeman has a right to be secure from all unreasonable searches and seizures of his person, his papers, and property; all warrants, therefore, to search suspected places, or seize any freeman, his papers or property, without information upon oath (or affirmation of a person religiously scrupulous of taking an oath) of legal and sufficient cause, are grievous and oppressive, and all general warrants to search suspected places, or to apprehend any suspected person, without specially naming or describing the place or person, are dangerous, and ought not to be granted.

Pages 255-256

Although the federal government can, in no possible view, be considered as a party to a compact made anterior to its existence, and by which it was, in fact, created; yet as the creature of that compact, it must be bound by it, to its creators, the several states in the union, and the citizens thereof. Having no existence but under the constitution, nor any rights, but such as that instrument confers; and those very rights being in fact duties; it can possess no legitimate power, but such as is absolutely necessary for the performance of a duty, prescribed and enjoined by the constitution. Its duties, then, become the exact measure of its powers; and wherever it exerts a power for any other purpose, than the performance of a duty prescribed by the constitution, it transgresses its proper limits, and violates the public trust. Its duties, being moreover imposed for the general benefit and security of the several states, in their politic character; and of the people, both in their sovereign, and individual capacity, if these objects be not obtained, the government will not answer the end of its creation: it is therefore bound to the several states, respectively, and to every citizen thereof, for the due execution of those duties. And the observance of this obligation is enforced, by the solemn sanction of an oath, from all who administer the government.

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