Utah People's Party

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The Lord Established the Constitution

on October 15, 2012

“And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood.”(DC 101:80) A law or proposed law is worthy of our support only when it is be both moral and constitutional. To make sure that we notice laws that we should repeal or change because they are immoral or unconstitutional, we need to inspect laws separately for conformity to moral principles and for conformity to the Constitution. To make these separate inspections, the distinction between morality and constitutionality is essential.

Because God decreed the moral principles that bind mortal man before He created this Earth, neither elected representatives nor the citizens themselves can alter the moral principles. When they attempt to do so, their act is void. The Founding Fathers of the United States asserted one of these moral principles in the Declaration of Independence when they wrote that men “… are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights…” and that “…to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…..” Once the citizens approve a constitution, that document becomes the formal, official statement of the powers the people have chosen to let their government have.

When our Lord says that he established the Constitution of this land that means the men who wrote the document and those who approved it were acting on spiritual prompting and so made wise decisions. Our Lord does not mean that His will or decree made the constitution the supreme law of the land. If that were the case, the people would never have had the opportunity to make their own decision what powers they consented to let their government have. In addition to suggesting what the constitution should contain, the Lord established the constitution by helping the American people prevail in the revolutionary war, thus delivering them from their tyrannical rulers so that they would be able to make their own decisions about the powers they were willing to let their government have.

Now days two serious misconceptions about the constitution exist among faithful Saints. Many otherwise faithful saints feel that they need not study the Constitution and other writings of the Founding Fathers and need not give their labors to restore the Constitution to its rightful place as the supreme law of the land. Others feel the Constitution is scripture and are diligent in their effort to restore it, but their efforts will not succeed because they cannot restore what they do not understand. Scripture leads us to our Savior, Jesus Christ. God gives us scripture through his chosen representatives, those to whom he gives the Priesthood. We cannot learn that God is the Father of our Spirits or that Jesus Christ paid for our sins by studying the Constitution, but studying the Constitution is the only way to learn the powers  the people consent to let their government exercise.  If we allow the exercise of unconstitutional power, we allow a serious encroachment on our own agency and on the agency of our fellow citizens. This encroachment on agency is especially serious now days because there are people with great political power who see the gospel of Jesus Christ as a problem not a solution. Understanding and implementing the constitutional limits on the powers of government is essential to defend the Kingdom of God from the enemies of Christ in high governmental offices.


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