July 3, 2013In drafting the Constitution, most of the Founding Fathers believed that the safeguards written into it would protect the rights of Americans. But when the Constitution was sent to the states in 1787 for ratification, people like Patrick Henry and others protested the lack of a specific statement of rights.
Two years after the new American government went into effect, the Bill Of Rights was added as the first ten amendments to the Constitution. Congress discussed nearly 200 proposals for amendments before it presented these ten to the states for approval. The states ratified these amendments and they became part of the Constitution in 1791. There are now 27 amendments to the Constitution.
The First Amendment consists of five of our basic rights as Americans. They are:
Freedom of Religion
Freedom of Speech
Freedom of the Press
Freedom of Assembly
Freedom of Petition
I write concerning this First Amendment, as it is fundamental to the function of all free societies and specifically for the purpose of this blog, our function as a church. We need to thank God for this First Amendment and never take it for granted, as down through history and in many societies the Church of Jesus Christ has been outlawed, persecuted, shut down, silenced and controlled.
Scripture instructs us: "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high position, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2
So on this Fourth of July give thanks to God and pray for our Land, that we may never lose these freedoms.