The U. S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are two of the oldest documents in America and two of the most popular. These documents help to shape America and gave us freedom from the British government. The two documents contains very important information about our independence but they are different in many ways. In this paper I will compare the two documents and incorporate an outlook from the Christian biblical worldview.
The U. S Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are very different in their objectives and personal appeal. Since it was established the U. S. Constitution has been the foundation for the U. S. Government. The U. S. Constitution has been designated the supreme law of the country. The Declaration of Independence is a brief letter that shows that 13 colonies became independent and desired to no longer be held captive under British law. The Declaration of Independence shows that the United States of America is an independent and free nation. You can see the Declaration of Independence announced to the world that the U. S. had become independent and the U. S. Constitution stated the guidelines and rules on how the country should be ran.
Written by Thomas Jefferson and later edited by the Continental Congress, The Declaration of Independence was unanimously adopted by the thirteen United States of America on July 4, 1776. The Declaration of Independence states the government’s philosophies, all citizens should be treated equally, they are entitled to most inalienable rights such as life, liberty and the right to happiness. It also mentions that the government that does not honor the Declaration of Independence and have the people consent will be considered illegitimate. The Declaration had many claims made against the King of England stated that he trampled on the rights of citizens and that he refused to show respect to anyone. The U. S Constitution was written in 1787, the Constitution was written by a group of individuals from each State. The purpose of the Constitution was to bring awareness to changes that they all felt needed to be made.
Once approved by every State the U. S. Constitution was put in effect in 1789. The U. S. Constitution brought the President, Supreme Court and Congress into play. It states the powers held by each office and lays out how each position should be picked. The U. S Constitution also states the rights of every U. S citizen. The Declaration of Independence led the way for the U. S. Constitution because without the Declaration of Independence the Constitution would probably never exist. The Declaration of Independence got the thirteen United States of America thinking about how much more they could do on their own under fair leadership and how better things could be if the citizens was able to help make some decisions.
I think that the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution did not think about the separation of church and state. At that given time I think that the main focus was getting away from the British government. I believe they were thinking if we can remove ourselves from under the British government we can make our own rules and run our states the way we see best fit. Not if we don’t focus on keep the main focus on strengthening our churches our government could be lost.
I believe that the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U. S Constitution was thinking that if they separate God from the Government that they could keep some of the rules and guidelines set forth by God and then make their own. The thinking was probably we can adopt the no stealing, no killing, and no adultery and add our own rules and give out punishments set by our government not by God’s word. You gave me a week extension since my Uncle passed away last week. You also told me to write this at the end of my paper so you would remember. Thank you again for the extension and your prayers.