Under the true, original American View of law and government, all law, and therefore all rights, originate in God.
Therefore, what is not in accord with God’s Law is not law.
The acknowledgement of this first principle of law and government is foundational to our lives and to our liberties.
We are informed of this principle in Scripture, and we are the beneficiaries of centuries of application of this view by those on whose shoulders we are are privileged to stand.
We can see evidence of this as far back as the 9th century, when King Alfred the Great codified English law. This code actually began with a recitation of the Ten Commandments.
Later, Bible-believing Puritans in England fought against and overthrew the tyrannical view that the king was above the law and thus could do no wrong. These same Puritans bequeathed to us our legal views on free speech and free press, free exercise of religion, privilege against self-incrimination, the independence of the jury, and the right to not be imprisoned without cause.
These same Bible-believing people preserved the view that we have the right to choose those who would govern us. In our American experience, this view ultimately led to American independence when colonial preachers made the Biblical case that King George, III was a tyrant whom the people had a right and a duty to resist.
All this leads to a point that must be remembered by those who desire liberty. While it is true that the Church and the State are separate institutions, and that they have different functions given to them by God, it is NOT true that government is separate from and owes no allegiance to God and His Word.
To the contrary, God’s Word — the Bible — is the ultimate law book and the ultimate guide for all actions of civil government at all levels.
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