Dear Editor:

How can we as citizens of this great nation befriend the Constitution in this critical hour and secure the blessings of liberty that the Constitution bestows on Americans by law?

First and foremost, we must be adamant in following the Biblical principles that our nation was formed under. John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” If the Constitution is to have continuance, this nation must be virtuous and return to the moral foundations of Christianity that it was founded on in its beginning.

Second, we must learn the principles of the Constitution in the tradition of the Founding Fathers. Have we read the Federalist Papers? Are we reading the Constitution and pondering its contents? Are we even aware of its principles? Are we abiding its principles and teaching them to others who maybe uninformed? Could we defend the Constitution against its enemies? Can we recognize when a law is Constitutionally unsound? As Jefferson said, ”If a nation expects to be ignorant and free … it expects what never was and never will be.”

Third, we must become involved in civic affairs to see that we are properly represented. I believe we will one day be held accountable for our decisions in politics and life in general. I firmly believe if Americans would sincerely seek good, honest, and wise representatives to lead this nation that most of our nation’s political, social, moral and economic problems would disappear or cease in a short time. The attitude and morals of the people as a whole are many times reflected in the representatives they elect!

Fourth, we must make our influence felt by our vote, our letters, our teaching and our advice. We must become accurately informed on the truth surrounding any issue or question and then let others know how we feel. We should use our influence to make popular that which is sound and good, and unpopular that which is unsound and will bring about misery and destroy a nation socially, economically and morally.

I quote Abraham Lincoln: “Let the Constitution be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges, let it be written in primers, in spelling books, and in almanacs, let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed from legislative halls, and enforced in the courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation.”

We must become involved in civic affairs. As citizens of this republic, we cannot do our duty and be idle spectators or support unsound laws and statutes. I have faith that our Constitution will be saved by enlightened men and women who understand and abide by principles of our Divinely inspired Constitution. Which side will you be on? Those who uphold our Constitution or those whose desire it is to destroy the God-given freedoms the Constitution bestows on the American people? I pray you choose today where you will stand and act accordingly.

Monte Lane

This story was posted on March 28, 2013.