Constitutional Questions FAQ
I've been asked so many Constitutional questions about the Anti-Federalist interpretation that I decided to create a FAQs page so people can find answers quickly and easily.
But this will be an interactive page too where questions that are not featured here can be posted by visitors.
AND if any of you have answers to any of the Constitutional questions listed here, you can post them as well! Nobody knows evrything, obviously, so the idea is to help and be helped.
So any Constitutional experts out there have an opportunity to share their wisdom with people looking for help to Constitutional questions they may not have been able to find anywhere else.
Below the FAQs list of questions and answers you'll find the really easy to fill out form where you can post your questions and/or answers.___________________________________________
So, without further ado, let's get started! We'll begin with the ten most commonly asked questions and you can take it from there.
FAQs - My Most Frequently Asked Constitutional Questions
Question: Is the U.S. Constitution a Christian document?___________________________________________
Answer: No. The Constitution has some admirable structural features that may be found in the Bible, such as division of power and republican representation. However, it is fatally flawed in being a mere social contract among men (we the people), with no reference to God (cf. Preamble). The Constitution also outlaws requiring Godly qualifications that the Bible stipulates for all civil leaders (Art VI, Sec 3)
Question: Were the founding fathers evangelical Christians?
Answer: There is not much evidence of this based on their discussion in the “Notes From The Federal Convention” or in the “Federalist Papers.” They never referred to the Bible for principles of government. Most of them seemed to be Unitarian in perspective, oblivious to the Lordship of Christ over the civil realm.
Question: What about Constitutional questions related to separation of church and state?
Answer: The Bible requires separation of church and state, but forbids separation of God and state. The two institutions are to operate independently but cooperatively within their respective spheres. The state is the minister of God’s justice and the church is the minister of God’s compassion and mercy. Both are accountable to the Word of God.
Question: Isn’t the social contract just a secularized version of the Biblical covenant?
Answer: Yes, and that is the problem. The Bible held the leaders of Judah and all the surrounding nations accountable to His law (cf. Amos 1-2). This required a covenant oath of the civil leaders. According to John Locke, the social contract is a mere agreement among men to govern according to the will of the majority. (cf. ch. 8 of “The Second Treatise of Government”).
Question: Isn’t Article VI (“no religious test shall ever be required for any office”) just referring to the founders concern that no Protestant sect take precedence over any other in the establishment of the state church?
Answer: No, the context of the phrase in the Constitution is referring to the oath of office that an individual officeholder must take.
Question: Are you recommending a Constitutional Amendment to settle these Constitutional questions?
Answer: Not likely in our generation. The first priority is to recognize that our nation broke covenant with God in 1787 and stop teaching our children that it is our “Christian heritage.” Stop calling white what God calls black.
Question: Are you suggesting that the Great Commission goes beyond the salvation of individual souls and includes the reformation of the nations as political entities?
Answer: Yes, but much more than that. The Great Commission of Mt. 28:19,20 requires us “to make disciples of all nations.” The word “nations” or “ethnos” is better translated “cultures.” Thus, Jesus was telling his followers that starting with the salvation of individual souls, all of life was to be brought under submission to His Kingship.
Question: Won’t the nonbeliever be persecuted in a Christian state?
Answer: No. In ancient Israel the unbelieving resident alien was referred to as the “stranger.” The stranger was given special consideration, listed with the widow and orphan as deserving of the care and attention of the people of God. Although the stranger could not participate in civil government, God commanded that he be treated the same as an Israelite under the law.
Question: If New Testament believers are no longer under the law, how can you advocate the law of God for civil government today?
Answer: We are not under the law as a means of earning our salvation, nor are we under the Old Testament ceremonial laws. The latter have been fulfilled in Christ. These are “unlawful uses” of the law, but I Timothy 1:8-11 makes clear the “lawful use” of the law for restraining evil doers in society.
Question: Are you suggesting that we start stoning our disobedient children?
Answer: The question implies that God’s law to Israel was unjust or unreasonable. If a biblical law seems unreasonable to us, the problem lies in our understanding, not in the law. The passage referred to in Dt. 21 is not talking about every day child discipline, but rather to God’s method of dealing with the gang problem.
Add your FAQ or a Helpful Answer - Hey, it's Easy!
Above I attempted to answer some of my most frequently asked questions. Below you will find the easy to fill out form where you can post your question or give us a helpful answer to any of the FAQs listed.
I hope you will be eager to contribute as this will be a most helpful page to people around the world.
As well as to me because I am always looking to learn more about this issue. Your questions and answers will serve to broaden my expertise.
So come on... got a question about the Constitution or America’s founding you want to get answered? This is the place to ask it.
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Or if you have an answer to any of the questions, it would be a great help to all seeking information about the United States Constitution and America's founding
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