As the American drama unfolds, and the laws of the land are rewritten, there are many who claim they have faith in Jesus as savior. Some of these people say they want these statutes to express what they claim to believe in: the ten commandments and the wisdom of Jesus. It led me to ask, "What would our constitution be like if it were written by Jesus himself?" Consider the following:
There would be no judges:
"Judge not, that you be not judged"
There would be no penal system:
"All have sinned" and "Let those who are without sin caste the first stone"
There would be no swearing in:
"Do not swear at all Let what you say be simply 'Yes' or "No'; anything else more than this comes from evil."
There would be complete separation of church and state:
"Render therefore to Ceaser the things that are Ceaser's; and to God the things that are God's."
There would be no department of the treasury:
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth"
There would be no department of defense:
"Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you"
There would be no statutes on self-defense:
"But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also"
There would be the possibility of bankruptcy given only
to those who have also forgiven debts:
"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
There would be no conspicuous display of religion, nor would
there be claim that "In God We Trust":
"Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven."
There would be no public prayer, and everyone would be provided
a private room:
"But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret"
There would be no legal distinction between being an adult
and being a child:
"Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven"
There would be no laws based on family values:
"He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me"
Indeed, the word "anarchist" can not be written without "christ". It is very difficult to bear the fruit of a love for God and for fellow man when one is so fearful of both . So there is another:
There would be no resources given to those who want to instill
the fear of God in others:
"You shall love your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength." "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." There is no other commandment greater than these."
One last thought, no one would claim they are a good person, not even Jesus: "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone."
(all quotes from the Oxford Annotated Bible)