We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
We the People … Justice, Tranquility, Defense, Welfare, and Liberty. Have you ever known a “we the people” who could really provide all of that?
I’ve become a little interested in the Constitution of the United States. It’s intriguing to me to see what people were striving for so many years ago. Doesn’t it seem as though we are striving for those very same things today? Who doesn’t want those? Yet, who ever really get’s those?
We live in this world as though we are a part of the “We the People,” but if we are truly a Christ follower, we really aren’t. Our Constitutional rights don’t come from a document written just a “few years” ago, they come from a document written YEARS ago. We aren’t Citizens of the Earth, not really Citizens of any specific country, we are Citizens of the Kingdom of God. Jesus said he was not a citizen of this world in John 18:36. If I belong to Him and His Kingdom isn’t here, then my Kingdom isn’t either.
Everyday there are people of this world searching for the things promised in the first few lines of the Constitution of the United States. But does anyone really find it in this world? I don’t think so. The only way to find all of that, is to be a Citizen of the Kingdom of God. What is interesting about that is God once told Solomon how we could get all those things, not just in Heaven but here, in this physical place in which they were living (earth). I’m sure you have heard the “if my people pray” scripture haven’t you? Let’s read it in 2 Chronicles:
12 And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night and said to him: I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice.
13 If I shut up heaven so no rain falls, or if I command locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people,
14 If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.
15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer offered in this place.
16 For I have chosen and sanctified (set apart for holy use) this house, that My Name may be here forever, and My eyes and My heart will be here perpetually.
What strikes me here is that it really isn’t an “if my people pray” scripture. There is a whole lot more to what the “we the people” have to do besides just pray.
First, it has to be people called by “My name.” It can’t just be anybody. It has to be someone who is a follower of the God. Not the followers of the current President, or the Republicans or Democrats, or the Americans but those called by “MY name.” If you are not an American Citizen, then the US Constitution is just a piece of paper to you, isn’t it? If you aren’t a Kingdom Citizen, then the Bible is just a bunch of pieces of paper to you. How many times do “we the people” of the Kingdom of God look to the “we the people” of the US to do something to change our situations here on earth. Here, I think it is clear that it isn’t the people on earth that God wants to call on His name. He wants us, HIS people to call on His name.
Notice that the next word here is not pray, it is humble, “humble themselves.” Interesting how we just so easily leave that part out or read over it so quickly. When is the last time you have seen the “we the people” do that? Usually our first response is to grumble and complain. Then, we start pointing fingers. Then we start shouting and trying to get someone to do something to make something happen. When is the last time that you had a situation in your life that needed “healed” and your first reaction was to humble yourself? It’s almost counter nature to become smaller in a time of fear. We instinctively try to become bigger, but that isn’t what God is calling us to do.
THEN it says pray, but guess what, it doesn’t stop there. There are several more things. We also have to seek His face. What? How in the world do I seek His face? Well, if you were seeking someone’s face, what would you do? I think you would start looking for them wouldn’t you? Imagine a child lost in a crowd, you start looking at everyone don’t you? But do you really see anyone? Think about it. You scan every face you see but you really don’t see any face except the one you are looking for. And when you find that child, does anyone else around you even matter? No, you are just thankful to have found the child you were looking for. So I guess we just need to start looking for the Lord, searching intently for Him even among all the ‘faces’ that could be distracting us. When is the last time you look for the Lord like that?
It doesn’t stop there, it also says we have to “turn from our wicked ways.” I’m sure no one out there reading this is wicked. After all most of the people who read my blog are good people even if they aren’t Christians. Wicked … That is a mighty harsh word wouldn’t you say? Um, yeah, about that, the word actually means bad. Yep, doesn’t have to be as “wicked” and “evil” as you were thinking, it just has to be a bad thing. So … JUST STOP IT! He says stop doing those bad things even if they don’t seem so bad. If it isn’t right to do, then don’t do it. James 4:17 tells us if we know it is right to do and we don’t do it, then it is sin. Did you get that? It isn’t tell us what not to do, it’s telling us what to do. If we know what is good to do and don’t do it – we are sinning. So even NOT doing a good thing can be sin. Think about that one for a little bit.
Surely, that is enough right? There can’t be any more requirements, those can be mind-boggling in and of themselves. Well, thankfully, in this case, that does seem to be it. So, what do the “we the people” get from all this? We get … Forgiven … how does that sound? Huh? So we have to seek his face, pray, and turn from our bad ways and we get forgiven. Put that into some perspective. This is like being in jail and you start asking for the Judge, you request a meeting with him, you let him know you have not been doing anything against the law and he says, “Oh, ok then, you are free.” BOOM! How do you like me now!? Can you even imagine a justice system like that? Only in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Oh, but wait, we are given one more thing, lets see what is it? It is healing of our land. Cool! Now that is an outrageous deal wouldn’t you say? Seek out the Lord, ask of Him, stop being bad and “we the people” get forgiveness AND healing of our lands.
I know this scripture was written to specific people at a specific time. But some how it just doesn’t seem like the God I know would withhold this from His people of today. Now, if we could just get every Christian to begin to do this our land could be healed. Look, it may not be a promise, but it is a possibility isn’t it? Besides, isn’t this something we should be doing anyway? Then why don’t we?
So many people really believe that a piece of paper written by a bunch of men long ago can give We the People … Justice, Tranquility, Defense, Welfare, and Liberty – our whole justice system hinges on this very document. We continually hear, “It’s my Constitutional right!” Why do we even have a little shred of doubt that as Believers our King, the King of Kings, wouldn’t give us what is in our Constitution – the Bible? We don’t need the Constitution of the US to give us anything, since the Constitution of the Kingdom already tells us that we can have those worldly things such as Tranquility, Welfare, and Liberty, but we can also have forgiveness and healing. It’s our Constitutional right.
Heading off to seek, ask, and obey. Healing Our Land … It’s Constitutional.