Today, many Americans celebrate “Constitution Day” (or Citizenship Day). This is a celebration which recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and all who have become United States Citizens.
The Constitution was signed in 1787 in the city of Philadelphia.
In 1787, there were 56 signers of the U.S. Constitution. 1/3 to half of them owned African Slaves, who they didn’t think worthy of the very freedom and citizenship they were willing to die for.
In fact, 2 of the 3 writers of the Declaration of Independence thought my ancestors were property to be owned and did so.
Frederick Douglass once called elected officials “hypocrites” for inviting him to celebrate Independence Day, even as most Black Americans were slaves at the time.
Therefore, my thoughts on “Constitution Day” is that the constitution is indeed a freedom document and whenever we find any reason to compromise on its principles- it leads to bondage, poverty and death for those whose citizenship rights are not enforced.
Today, this is not only applicable to Black Americans, but it is now true that all Americans who are Christian find that out rights are not enforced by a government that sees our values as inferior.
Christians now face the plight of bondage, poverty and death. Our freedom of conscience and freedom religious, guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, is being trampled upon by the current administration,, by federal judges across the nation and within every system of our society.
Let us not forget the valuable lessons of history on this constitution day, that America can ill afford to allow any of our elected officials to infringe upon the rights of some Americans citizens in favor unhealthy cultural and political norms.
If citizenship is indeed to be celebrated, it must also be defended against any and every form of tyranny.
Therefore, let us celebrate today. Then resume fighting for freedom tomorrow.
Onward Christian soldiers!