Paul the Apostle counseled, “If you think you stand, see to it that you do not fall” (I Cor.10″ 12). Fallibility was and still is man’s curse. It was one of the primary reasons why the founders of this nation wanted to be governed by a document rather than by a monarchy, an oligarchy or a democracy. These Pilgrims, Puritans and Separatists had learned the hard way that sinful human hearts could not be trusted to write fair, impartial and just laws (Ro.3: 23; Jer.17: 9-10). The framers, like their predecessors, believed firmly in the laws of a higher power. Thomas Jefferson for instance, did not accept the miracles of Jesus; but to run a country without the Ten Commandments and the Ethics of Jesus was inconceivable. He also believed that man would become more perfect than his generation was.
Fallibility was also the reason for establishing a system of checks and balances. Their basic guideline was Isaiah 33: 22, “For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king.” Thus we have three branches of government checking and balancing each other; namely, the judiciary, the legislative and the executive. The founders had an enormous fear of granting too much power to one person, a privileged group or a mob. Especially the people that were entrusted with governing had to bow to the law. It is unexplainable why the framers did not envision the likelihood that there shall be leaders in the future that shall manipulate The Constitution for their purpose like assigning new meaning to life, liberty and happiness. Free speech has become a tool for hate and defamation of character.
The founders knew that they were fallible and therefore left the door to amendments open to a generation wiser than they were, that is according to Jefferson. They were not able to agree on who was included in the inalienable rights, like Native Americans and Afro-Americans. Even the Baptists had reservations that Jefferson had to cool. The future legislators have improved by including the inhabitants that were left out; but they have exclude the Biblical Law that governed the fathers of this nation and with it the right of the unborn. Many other rulings are in the making that would have been an abomination to the framers. They were God-fearing people and would never have stood for what we are facing. When Benjamin Franklin was asked, “What have you wrought?” He answered, “…a Republic, if you can keep it.”