We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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.
-Preamble of the U.S. Constitution
There is something special about the words "we the people." When I read them or hear them spoken I'm in awe of how three simple words can so aptly define one nation.
As the first three words of the Preamble of the Constitution of the United States America, "we the people" has special meaning. On September 17, 1787, 39 delegates from 12 of the 13 states signed the Constitution they had adopted to establish a unique, new form of government for the United States of America. The new government was limited in scope with all powers not specifically granted to the federal government retained by the state, and subject to "we the people."
The Constitution is not just an old, outdated document sitting in a museum; it is a document that was written to guarantee the freedoms and natural rights you and I enjoy each day. While believers in Jesus Christ understand that the source of true freedom is from God above, this does not negate the importance of the Constitution and the responsibility we have as a nation.
Protecting our freedom does not begin and end with those who have given their lives to defend our country on the battlefield. While their great sacrifice is inimitable, each and every one of us also has a responsibility to defend the Constitution. If we don't do our part, the freedoms the Constitution has secured will fall to those who wish to limit or redefine them.
It's all too easy to take our freedom for granted. It's even easier to take the Constitution for granted. But Constitution Day is a great reminder for us to pause and thank God and those who came before us for the Constitution of the United States of America. It is also a reminder that this framework of freedom upon which this nation has been built has endured for 228 years. But if it is going to continue to endure, it is up to "we the people" to defend it.