Unfortunately, many of our government officials today (on both sides of the aisle) no longer acknowledge God or that He gives us certain unalienable rights, freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, right to life, freedom of speech, self-defense and many others. If you know of a government worker who is off on Christmas or Sundays, remind him or her it is because of the “Sundays excepted” clause – Article I, Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution. You should write your Congressman and Senator too. Let them know the “Sundays excepted” clause represents the “Christian Sabbath” and recognizes Christian holidays as part of the common law in the U.S. Constitution. The only religion to recognize the “Sunday Sabbath” is the Christian faith. It is the Biblical day set aside for rest and worship. At the time the Constitution was written, every single state had Sabbath Laws referencing not working on Sundays. After all, God Himself rested after six days creating the heavens and the earth. “So on the seventh day he rested, and God blessed the seventh day and made it holy” (Genesis 2:2). For over two centuries, Christianity has been recognized as part of the common law in America. Joseph Story, “Father of American Jurisprudence” and U.S. Supreme Court Justice had this to say: “One of the beautiful boasts of our municipal jurisprudence is that Christianity is a part of the Common Law.” The framers of the U.S. Constitution incorporated the common law into the U.S. Constitution in the Seventh Amendment.
In 1870, a Congressional Act was passed making Christmas a national holiday: Chap. CLXVIL- An act making the first day of January, the twenty-fifth Day of December, the fourth Day of July, and Thanksgiving Day, Holidays, within the District of Columbia. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following days, to wit: The first day of January, commonly called New Year’s day, the fourth day of July, the twenty-fifth day of December, commonly called Christmas day.
In the current age, we often forget that we live in 2019 A.D. The A.D. is the Latin phrase anno domini, which means “in the year of the Lord.” When the delegates of the Constitutional Convention had finished framing the Constitution they placed a religious punctuation in the Attestation Clause to note they completed their work “the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven.” As they signed Article VII, our founders were recognizing they were living 1,787 years since the birth of Jesus Christ. Isn’t it a shame these facts are no longer acknowledged today?
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).
Merry CHRISTmas & Happy New Year – In the year of our Lord 2019!
Blessings, Tom Hughes U.S. Congressional Candidate for Florida District 25