We the People
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Our nation is no longer a nation of “We the People.” Instead we have become a nation of “What’s in it for me” people.
I am 57 years old; I can remember a time when we were “We the People”, and were not “what’s in it for me.” I remember when we helped each other. I remember when Willie needed a wheelchair and the community gave it to him. Willie was black. I remember when a friend’s barn burned down, the community came together and rebuilt that barn in two days, and there were no phones to call and let people know that this happened. No one asked what color the man was or what’s in it for me, they just simply did it. I remember when the farmer on the next farm was sick, all the farmers came and plowed and planted his fields because he could not do it himself. They did not ask “What’s in it for me” they just showed up and did it.
Instead of forming a more perfect UNION we have formed individualism, instead of establishing JUSTICE we have established INJUSTICE. Without UNION and JUSTICE our DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY has become chaos. There are those who want to keep us at odds with each other hoping for a civil war. They do this by many means, but the most common means is, how we have been treated in the past. If we are to destroy this chaos which is common in our land we must forgive, and work toward the future. The past can not be changed and when we truly look into the past we find that which we do not want to see. Thus, when Christ said that a man that looks back is not fit for the kingdom, He was saying, we must continue to look forward to the future and make the changes to insure we never go backwards or look back. Martin Luther King, Jr.
with his, “I have a dream” had such a vision of the future yet WE have now lost sight of this vision due to those who would create conflict. We are now looking back and not toward the future, thus chaos is just around the corner.
COMMON DEFENSE. God is, and has always been our common defense. We were formed as one nation under God, yet we have thrown God out of our defense planning. Hence, we now question the viability of every war and conflict, and we now question the leadership which is under God’s control. Jesus told the Roman leader as he stood in front of him that he had no power except that which was given by God. Thus, our leaders have no control except that which God grants them to perform. So, as Christians why do we question that which God controls; our leaders. We should be praying that God grant them the strength to perform their role with wisdom. Instead we complain and backbite our leaders, so it is little wonder that we have poor leadership, making bad decisions time after time.
The GENERAL WELFARE. If our leadership were concerned about our general welfare we would have a healthcare plan for all people that worked, we would have our social security program in proper order, which has been a promise of every leader we have elected for the past 35 years, we would have homes for all to live in, we would have food distribution so no one would be hungry. Yes, we would have gas at $0.50 per gallon instead of 4 to 5 dollars a gallon. Instead we are ruled by GREED, of self serving individualism that asks the question, “What’s in it for me?” Individualism is what has caused us to come to this point.
Blessings of liberty, true liberty comes from God. How can we be blessed with liberty when we the people have thrown God out? We can’t! Until we return to God, liberty is nothing more than an illusion made by man.
We no longer trust God, we trust the individual gains each can acquire by his or her hands. Tommy Tenney wrote a book titled “The God Chasers”, we have become a people of Money Chasers, placing gold before God and making it what we worship and praise.
Until we turn around and become a community concerned with each other, “Love one another” we will remain in chaos, asking the same question over and over again, “What’s in it for me?” We need to revive the “WE” in the people and become a nation that cares.
It is time to start looking toward the future and forget the past. We need to stop looking at the promises of those speaking, which will not be kept.