Thinking Out Loud
7/15/11 at 12:21 AM 0 Comments

Texas Constitution Already Refers Directly to God

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The constitution of the state of Texas took effect on February 15, 1876. Its preamble says, "Humbly invoking the blessings of Almighty God, the people of the State of Texas, do ordain and establish this Constitution." We can certainly say that this preamble, which is just as much a part of the constitution's main body as the articles are, reflect the faithful thought of its leaders and its citizenry.

In other words, this constitution was constructed with the acknowledgment of not just a higher power, force, being or deity, but the One in whom they, and the majority of Texans today commonly believe is the God of the Bible—Jehovah. His is the One who, through grace and a love so marvelous, became flesh in the form of his perfect Son and was ultimately offered up to be the sinful sacrifice for every man, woman and child ever born in this world.

So I must ask that if this legal, governing document of the State of Texas acknowledges the existence of the One who we know to be and is called God, then how can our governor be made to disenfranchise himself from any event or exercise that seeks to do exactly what our preamble spells out? This constitution was not written at a gathering of individuals representing a denomination. They had assembled to lay down the framework for the governance of a state and its people!

In addition to this matter, our U.S. Constitution falls into a somewhat similar situation. More precisely, it has an "acknowledgement of Jesus" clause in its closing text. After its preamble and body, our U.S. Constitution closes with, "Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven..." If the Founding Fathers intended for its government to be separate from any religious thought or influence, they certainly would not have referred to the one name that so offends the intellectual heathen of our time—Jesus! So again, even our nation's founding document so readily refers to the religious thought of its citizenry without any restriction!
If one were to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the preamble to Texas' constitution or the closing statement of the U.S. Constitution, we can see how ridiculous these acts would be. It would be tantamount to getting into a time machine and going back to the years 1787 and 1876 to inform the founders that they had to remove all references to God and Jesus from their writings! They would have to rewrite the Declaration of Indepence for the exclusion of God, Creator or any other references to them. As for Texas, the intimidation is over. We will come together at Reliant Stadium and pray to our God!
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