Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
By Chris and Bobbie Jo King 12-18-2023
Bobbie Jo and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Fortunately for us, we have the luxury of doing so in this year of our Lord Two Thousand Twenty-Three. December holds so many wonderful and historic events including the celebration of the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ, to the ratification of The Bill of Rights, both of which we hold dear. These rights, codified by the legislatures of the states to amend the Constitution for the United States, are designed to restrain the government from encroaching on the rights of the people. They also affirm the government’s appropriate role in protecting the rights of citizens.
In 1776, the celebration of Christmas bears little resemblance to what we see today. There wasn’t the commercialism, technology, or even the security of a free nation. The Declaration of Independence had been written, signed, and presented to the world, and King George was not pleased that colonies under his rule were declaring independence from his tyrannical reign. The American Revolution was in full swing and God’s providence was shining on a new nation.
I know you are probably wondering why I am talking about the Christmas of 1776 and the Revolutionary war. This was the first Christmas of a new nation and needed to be discussed to provide the foundation for more of the article. Without this first Christmas as a new nation, we wouldn’t be where we are today.
A few years later, in 1787 when the Constitution for the United States was written and sent to the states for ratification, we were on our way to setting a daily international record for the longest lasting constitutional republic. The founders and signers knew that the Constitution wasn’t perfect, but it was never intended to be. As stated in the Preamble, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union…” (emphasis mine). The founders knew there would need to be amendments to the Constitution. They started with the Bill of Rights, approved
by a Congressional Joint Resolution in September 1789. This resolution originally started with twelve separate amendments, of which ultimately eleven were ratified, and became the bedrock to daily life for all Americans. On December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights was ratified and became part of the Constitution.
As Americans, we have a duty to uphold the supreme law of the land. Our elected and public officials take an oath upon their swearing in to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. That oath is a covenant between them and God. He will always be a part of our government, and we cannot forget that.
This December, let us remember that our nation was formed using His principles. Let us remember He sent His Son to earth to be that perfect sacrifice for us so that we could have that direct relationship with Him. Let us be reminded that our Savior’s birth is celebrated this month, and He is called Lord of Lords, King of Kings.