Living Book vs Document
Define the difference between living and dead. Stick with me for a minute. If living things can alter what people do, what about the dead things?
You are living and when you look at your childhood pictures you see you have changed. Hair styles change, clothing changes, even morals changed from the time you were little, changed again when you were a teenager and changed again when you grew up. When we get old we look back on how things have changed in the world, in society, in our family and with ourselves.
Dead things are not just people but things. A foundation to a house is dead but it holds up everything for that building. Military code of conduct is dead. It is a book with rules of conduct required. If you don’t want to go by the rules, you don’t go into the military. That book does not change lives, it is a rule book.
Just like a business has a policy and procedures book. The policies and procedures book does not alter lives. It is a book of rules. Recipe books do not change lives. Recipe books tell you with certain ingredients in certain quantities, combined together, you can expect specific outcomes.
Now consider the Constitution of the united states. States united and formed a Constitution. Is that document living? No. It is clearly a roadmap, a recipe for how America is to operate. It is a foundation stone. Foundational stones do not change.
How someone looks at the Constitution tells us a lot about that person’s soul, their mind, will and emotions. Why the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia matters so much is because Antonin Scalia knew the Constitution is a “dead” document. A cornerstone, a foundation, a recipe.
And because he understood that, he knew it can not change. It has a set of core, basic rules. Just like a recipe. Even though society changes, the core foundations never change and laws are determined from the core foundation. The core recipe. It is like making cookies or bread or pizza, you have core ingredients that are required but you can add chocolate chips, rye flour instead of white flour or pepperoni.
When President Obama said he believed the Constitution is a “living” document, he was saying he believes the foundation of America can be changed. This is clearly not true. When the founding fathers set this country up, they clearly laid the foundations. All “laws” are suppose to be considered in the light of the foundations.
There is only one “living document” ever created and that is the word of God. God himself calls his word “quick” alive, in Hebrews 4:12.
Hebrews 4:12 KJV “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
When people, a president, candidates do not understand only God’s word changes people not a Constitution, we are in trouble. When candidates don’t even know what the Constitution says, we are in trouble. America’s founding fathers laid America’s foundation based on teachings, principles and laws from the word of God. Judges, presidents and Congress do not have a right to change America’s foundation especially when they swore an oath before God to protect and serve the Constitution. Ask people if they think the Constitution is a living document and then you have an opportunity to explain no it is not and here is why.
Until next time.