This is the month of our nation’s celebration of independence. The Declaration of Independence was signed 244 years ago. One might bemoan the state of our country today, but what strikes me is the enduring nature of our nation which rests on its constitution. Interesting enough, as you military veterans know, soldiers take an oath to defend the Constitution, likewise the oath of the President and Vice-president, Congress, and all federal employees.
Is that not, then, the secret of the Constitution, formed 133 years ago in 1787, still remaining intact and still holding our nation together? Our nation was already in danger of fracturing. It is one thing to win independence; it is another to build a nation that would survive even a civil war. And however much conflict is waged verbally, in the courts, and even in the streets, the Constitution still remains the solid foundation upon which our nation stands.
Even more true is the state of the church, for it stands on a surer foundation of “the apostles and prophets” (Ephesians 2:20). However much revision is attempted; however much dissension is spread, the Word of God remains firm. It is our rock in storm; it is our anchor in turmoil; it is our light through darkness. That is why our church will continue to preach the Word, to teach the Word, to build all that we do on the foundation of the Word. And the Word of God, which forms our foundation, is itself built with the cornerstone of Jesus Christ.
At the end of the Federal Convention, which crafted the Constitution, Benjamin Franklin made a remark about the chair that President Washington sat in as he moderated the convention. On the chair is carved a sun with its rays, half of which is shown. Franklin said, “I have often looked at that behind the president without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting. But now I... know that it is a rising...sun.”
We know the risen Son. That alone is all we need to know to have hope for the future.
Always living in hope,
Pastor Marion Clark