American Values: 3 Ways The Constitution must bow to The Gospel

America was founded on godly principles by people who wanted to see the teachings of the Bible thrive. That truth is unmistakable and it's part of the DNA of our country. With our country's great values comes a document called The Constitution. It's a promise to Americans that their freedoms are secure. A country is only as good as the promises it keeps.

But I see a problem among the Gospel community and their struggle with Constitutional values. The Constitution has limits that our Bibles do not. Our Bibles have a supreme authority over boundaries and national laws because it was inspired by God for the global community. The Constitution is an imperfect document that does not carry the promises of eternity and the redemption of the world. It is geographically locked to one nation and limited to government. Every American should know what is in America's greatest promise to the nation, but every Christian should know when The Constitution must be subservient and vetoed by the Gospel.

1. The Gospel must win when the consideration of others is involved

Key verse: 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 1 Phil 2:3-4

If any document tells you that you deserve or are entitled to a freedom, but as a Christian you know it will hurt other people then guess who needs to win? The spiritual art of considering and humbling yourself to the needs of the community is obedience to Christ and a witness to the world about who your true master is.

The world is not looking to see how much we value our entitlements when we say that we are Christian. The world is watching to see what we will sacrifice for the better life of others. When we say "I am allowed to do this, but for the betterment of my neighbor I won't" then the world is getting the first taste of a heavenly government that exceeds any nation.

2. The Gospel must win over the words we choose to say or not say

Key verse: 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24

Key verse: 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind,8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. James 3:7-8

It is an American privilege to criticize and evaluate anything publicly. We have the freedom to put down and devalue any government, business, or philosophy without any governmental punishment. This is one of the core tenets of The Constitution and also one of the greatest reasons to live here.

The Gospel of Jesus will not afford you the same freedoms with your words. God commands his children to watch their words, consider deeply their criticisms and be weary of critical spirits. Simply put, we cannot say careless or negligent things against others and expect God to favor us. As always, there is not a single law that prohibits me from trash talking any person, place or thing. On the flip side of the coin, a Christian who uses their words to destroy carelessly or with no thought will never be fully mature in Christ.

3. The Gospel must win over the bigger picture

Key verse: 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father. Phil 2:10-11

Nothing lasts forever. Even America. Our Constitution is a strong foundation of stability and checks and balances. Every citizen should know that they are protected under a greater umbrella of laws. But Jesus paints a much grander picture for his faithful that supersedes all nationalism, boundary lines, and citizenships. The Gospel grants every skin color and culture the opportunity to be redeemed by Christ's sacrifice on the cross and be prepared for a new government. The idea that one day every person in the world will discover that God is supreme over every culture makes any form of nationalism so small.

Let's be clear on one thing. A country that gives us freedoms and entitlements is a gift from God. We should never be ungrateful for what we have. America, it's values and freedoms, is a shadow to the greater freedom we will receive when God finally declares that the world is done being flawed.

When that day comes will God find your priorities in the right place?

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