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Why Christians Should Consider the Constitution Party

Caleb Zahr

Editor’s Note: This article solely articulates the views of the author and does not represent any political endorsement by TruthScript. It is posted for the purpose of assisting Christians in thinking through how best to honor God with their vote.

As the 2024 election looms ever closer, American Christians are faced with the difficult choice concerning a preferred Presidential candidate. It’s obvious for any believer that the Democratic Party has set itself up against the values and convictions of Christianity regarding the sanctity of life, the divine institution of marriage, the physical and spiritual reality of the male and female sexes, and the role of the parents in the home. While it would be easy to encourage followers of Christ to support Republicans, even they have been backsliding on these issues at bullet-train speed.

Not only have major figures begun to cave on issues like homosexuality, but the neo-cons have made it clear that they are more interested in foreign intervention and “aid” to the indifference and even detriment of the average American citizen. Donald Trump is the clear Republican party nominee at this point,  but even he has presented some fairly significant issues. The New York Times has reported that Trump and his allies plan to, “alter the balance of power by increasing the president’s authority over every part of the federal government.” As a Jeffersonian, I find this plan to be threatening not only to the structure of the government as envisioned by the founders, but also as a precedent that would be used against conservatives and Christians when the left predictably reassumes power. I propose Christians seek a third option in the form of the Constitution Party. While not as popular or well-known as the major (and even some minor) parties, I have become convinced that this party is sufficient for supporting and defending the rights and beliefs of American Christians. Here are three reasons why Christians should consider voting Constitution Party:

1) Confessing Christ

The preamble of the Constitution Party’s platform states the following:

“The Constitution Party gratefully acknowledges the blessing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as Creator, Preserver, and Ruler of the Universe and of these United States. We hereby appeal to Him for mercy, aid, comfort, guidance, and the protection of His Providence as we work to restore and preserve these United States.”

Here, the Constitution Party presents itself in stark contrast to the other parties. Both the Democrat and Republican party platforms fail to acknowledge or invoke the Christian God in any meaningful sense. Rather, both parties begin by promoting their vision of the United States as a “proposition nation.” But the Constitution Party recognizes Yahweh as the Creator, submitting to His guidance and His provision. Their confession heeds well with Solomon’s plea to, “Trust in Yahweh with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 LSB).

The preamble continues: “The goal of the Constitution Party is to restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations and to limit the federal government to its Constitutional boundaries.” The primary concern for the Constitution Party is not cramming the federal government with legislation that further increases its power. Their goal is to fundamentally decrease the government and return its power to that of the original government in the 1780s. This conviction is reinforced biblically by principles established in Old Testament law. Deuteronomy 17, for example, lays out the laws for kings and prohibits them from increasing a certain number of horses or from taking multiple wives.

While the president is unlikely to need a horse in this day, the principle of limited government power is clear not only to prevent corruption but to also keep a ruler’s heart from temptation and sin. The very existence of the Constitution itself is a document limiting the scale and authority of the federal government, specifically outlining what it can and cannot do.

2) Foreign Policy & Defense

As both the wars in Ukraine and Israel have continued, major figures in both parties have made consistent efforts to financially support one or both countries, to the detriment of American citizens. This has led some Americans to become more concerned and critical about how the government has failed to support and aid its own citizens. The Constitution Party is committed to an anti-interventionist stance, in line with the thinking of the founders. The party claims, “The United States is properly a free and sovereign republic which should strive to live in peace with all nations, without interfering in their internal affairs, and without permitting their interference in ours. We are, therefore, unalterably opposed to entangling alliances – via treaties, or any other form of commitment – which compromise our national sovereignty or commit us to intervention in foreign wars.”

It is important to remember that the United States were founded upon principles of individual liberty and self-determined government. These principles were further implicated in a non-interventionist position. President George Washington, in his farewell address, echoes these sentiments. “Europe has a set of primary interests, which have to us none, or very remote relation. Hence, she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns.” For the founders, the primary concern of the federal government was defense and interstate commerce. The Constitution Party still holds to this tenant.

In a section labeled “Defense,” the platform states: “It is a primary obligation of the federal government to provide for the common defense, and to be vigilant regarding potential threats, prospective capabilities, and perceived intentions of potential enemies.” For Christian Americans, the primary concern for the federal government is that it protects us first. It is good to pray that God would protect brothers and sisters in both Eastern Europe and the Middle East, however, it is not the responsibility of the United States to entangle itself in affairs that undermine its own citizens and founding commitments.

3) The “Migrant Crisis”

As with nearly all general elections in the past few years, the issue of unchecked, endless illegal immigration has reared its ugly head yet again. President Biden and much of the legislative branch have made it their obvious goal to keep the borders of the United States wide open with virtually no restraint. The Constitution Party platform not only responds to this travesty but (in my opinion) takes the proper, biblical approach: “We affirm the integrity of the international borders of the United States and the Constitutional authority and duty of the federal government to guard and to protect those borders, including the regulation of the numbers and of the qualifications of immigrants into the country.” “We also insist that every individual group and/or private agency which requests the admission of an immigrant to the U.S., on whatever basis, be required to commit legally to provide housing and sustenance for such immigrants, bear full responsibility for the economic independence of the immigrants and post appropriate bonds to seal such covenants.”

Many of these “migrants” are entering the US in a manner that violates the established law of the land, and therefore are violating God’s instituted earthly authority. Peter makes it simple when he asserts, “Be subject for the sake of the Lord to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority…” (1 Pet. 2:13 LSB). As with providing defense for American citizens, so too does immigration law protect citizens from direct threats. The Bible makes it clear in many areas that foreigners are to honor the laws and customs of other nations: “The same law shall apply to the native as to the sojourner who sojourns among you.” (Exo. 12:49 LSB). 

Yet again, the prescriptions delivered by Yahweh to Israel continue to provide principles for the modern world. There is an expectation that a sojourner will honor the set laws established by Israel. The same applies today for anyone who wishes to move into the United States.

Conclusion

The election cycle has become a major pain for many American Christians. More and more, the followers of Christ have been continually opposed and attacked by members of both parties for submitting to the Lordship of Christ in every area of life. It seems eminent to me that Christians will slowly begin to abandon the Republican Party and be left desolate as to a home in American politics. I believe Constitution Party should be strongly considered in this election cycle by Christians who love God and their country.

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