It seems there is always a jockeying for power among our three branches of government. Currently, the President’s health care bill is in the hands of the Supreme Court to decide if, at least, portions of it are unconstitutional. Comments were made that it should be declared constitutional on the basis that it was a law passed by Congress. But that is the whole idea behind the checks and balances of our government: each branch has the responsibility of being answerable to the other branches. Laws that are passed by Congress must be signed or vetoed by the President and then the Supreme Court must decide the constitutionality of the law itself.
I have always been fascinated by the wisdom of the founding fathers in producing a document like the United States Constitution. Here we are, over 200 years removed, and we are still able to operate as a government of the people, for the people and by the people.
I am really not amazed at the wisdom of this group of men because I believe they were only instruments of GOD. Our nation was founded providentially. By that I mean that I believe our GOD guided the events and the creation of the document that brought our nation into existence. There is a wonderful book in my home library called The Light and the Glory, by Peter Marshall and David Manuel. It is subtitled “Did GOD Have a Plan for America?” When studying the founding of our country, there were too many things that happened to be coincidence. So I have no doubt that His hand was leading the actions and the thoughts of those founding fathers, including the development of the US Constitution.
And these three branches of government, the executive, the legislative, and the judicial, are designed to operate independently of one another and keep each other in check. Did you know this idea originated in GOD’S word? You shouldn’t be too surprised. We frequently think we have come up with some new idea only to find that GOD gave it to us in the Scriptures. It just took us a while to uncover it. Such is the case with the three branches of government. Note the judicial, executive and legislative branches in the following verses.
Acts 10:42 identifies the LORD as being ordained by GOD as the Judge of the living and the dead. 2 Timothy 4:8 calls Him the righteous Judge. (Judicial)
Matthew 2:2 asks the question, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?” (Executive)
James 4:12 declares that there is one Lawgiver who is able to save and to destroy. (Legislative)
With GOD there is no need for three separate branches. Jesus is, in fact, all three branches in one. Isaiah 33:22 says, “For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us;”
Jesus is all that I need! Thank you GOD for your wisdom and guidance. I pray You will continue to guide our nation.