Carry the importance of America and history consent Also, as discussed in my previous post, American Authority and Prosperity Rests on the Kingship of God, equal application to all citizens under the law – in our case, under God’s law – has a direct impact on business decisions and the financial success of companies. Stability in law enforcement, in respect of property rights and in a country’s currency all create an environment conducive to business, investment and entrepreneurship. Here we will discuss enforcement under the law.
Roger McKinney explains that “unlike the laws of the surrounding nations which favored the rulers and the powerful, the laws of Israel applied to everyone equally. For the first time in history, all peoples were in equal relationship with the law, as Moses said: “You shall do no wrong in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor deferential to the great, but you must judge your neighbor fairly” (Leviticus 19:15). The execution of the upright and just laws of the Sinai desert appeared as the foundation of the shining city. The declaration of the natural law of the United States would be, as it was with the ancient Hebrews, the manifestation of the law of God in its creation in their civil government. Other nations foolishly follow pagan beliefs, not this enlightened understanding of the Laws of God, and follow the whims of man, kings and tyrants. The government of Israel was in complete contrast to the government of Egypt and Pharaoh, and the government of the United States was in contrast to the king of England.
Even the ancient Hebrews had not reached this level of understanding and manifestation as America did. It was truly the Great Experience. “The analogy between theology and political philosophy is striking”, wrote Dr. Alice Baldwin in 1928, “God and Christ rule men for their good, therefore human rulers must do the same.” Joseph Belcher on May 28, 1701 in Boston preached “how Joshua, Moses, David, and Solomon had only the good of the people at heart,” as examples of righteous and godly rulers. Dr. Baldwin continued:
…certain great rights are given by Nature and the God of Nature to the people. These are part of every constitution and no ruler is authorized by God to violate them. Rulers cannot change the constitution; it can only be done by the people. But the constitution and the laws must conform to divine law. Therefore, leaders must carefully study the law of God, both natural and revealed.
It was a common observance and very frequently declared by colonial pastors to their constituents. And, of course, our founding fathers were parishioners in those congregations. Pastor Chauncy confessed:
And by encouraging, on the other hand, industry, frugality, temperance, chastity, and similar moral virtues, the general practice of which is naturally linked to the development of a people in all that tends to make you big and happy.
On May 14, 1778, Reverend Chauncey Whittelsey preached a sermon to the Connecticut State General Assembly, declaring God’s sovereignty over civil government and those serving in it. He began by declaring 2 Samuel (2 Samuel 23:3-4), “He who rules over men should be righteous, ruling in the fear of God.” Whittelsey quotes the book of Job, stating that “‘The fear of the Lord is wisdom, and to shun evil is to understand [Job 28:28].’ Thus, God being Judge, who cannot err, religion or the fear of the Lord is the true wisdom of man. Whittelsey states that it is the “duty” of every “civil magistrate”.[s].”
Dr. Baldwin further summarizes the teachings of the colonial ministers: “The restriction imposed on Christians by Christ is for the very purpose of increasing their freedom, and so it is in civil government. Without law and without obedience to law, there would be no freedom…Neither tyranny nor anarchy pleases God. It is about how the Law and Will of God manifests in His creation for the governance of His citizens. Colonial clergy understood this commission and worked to articulate it, and the understanding of the Basic Law, to American colonists. This supremacy of the kingship of God was noted in 1599 when the Jesuit high priest and Spanish scholar Juan de Mariana wrote, “Armed with the laws and authority of the people, he would maintain royal power within certain limits…that the authority of the people is greater. that the authority of [any earthly] King.” Freedom comes from the people, as the people of God, and not from an earthly authority or government.
As people serve as agents of God and in the service of his children, he expected them to serve by obeying him. In other words, as Pastor Chauncy preached, men are to “reign in the fear of God.” Chauncy declared in 1747 that civil rulers should “promote the general welfare and prosperity of a people, by discouraging, on the one hand, idleness, prodigality, profanation, impurity, drunkenness and similar immoralities, which tend, in the natural course of things, to their impoverishment and ruin.
The American covenant, or covenant, serves the same way as the covenant God made between Moses and the children of Israel; as they were, so are we, children of God. “So take care to put into practice the words of this covenant, that you may succeed in all that you do. You all stand today before the Lord your God; the chiefs of your tribes, your elders and your officers.
America’s adherence to equality before the law has deep historical roots and provides a stable environment, when properly enforced, for businesses to thrive and grow.
Jim Huntzinger is the President and Founder of Lean Frontiers, Inc., which develops Lean enterprise knowledge and learning communities for business and industry. With a background and experience in manufacturing and operations, he has also done extensive research on the history and development of American manufacturing and has also published several books on the lean business model, the history of manufacturing and the economy.