Remembering Constitution Day
September 17, the day our United States Constitution was signed in 1787, is a day worthy of reflection and remembrance. How well are you acquainted with the principles and blessings which the Constitution provides to the citizens of the United States? In honor of Constitution Day, Pilgrim Institute has created 5 audio downloads to help you appreciate the Biblical foundations of constitutional liberty.
Fundamental Principles of Liberty
Upon declaring independence from Great Britain in 1776, the thirteen original colonies transitioned to independent statehood by writing and ratifying individual state constitutions. In six of the original state constitutions, reference was made to the principles of liberty.
Constitution of Virginia, Bill of Rights, June 12, 1776.
” That no free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people, but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.”
Constitution of Pennsylvania, A Declaration of the Rights of the Inhabitants of the Commonwealth,
or State of Pennsylvania, August 16, 1776.
“That a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles, and a firm adherence to justice moderation, temperance, industry, and frugality are absolutely necessary to preserve the blessings of liberty, and keep government free. The people ought therefore to pay particular attention to these points in the choice of officers and representatives, and have a right to exact a due and constant regard to them, from their legislatures and magistrates, in the making and executing such laws as are necessary for the good governments of the state.”