On July 9, an incident occurred in this country that exemplifies the conflict between God and the Constitution of the United States.
On that day, Jamel Dunn, a 31-year-old disabled man, was drowning in a retention pond in Brevard County, Florida. While he was struggling and screaming in the pond, a group of teenagers from the ages of 14 to 16, were standing nearby watching him drown. Instead of helping and rescuing him, they mocked and laughed at him, telling him he was going to drown and that they were not going to help him. The teenagers even made a video of his drowning and later posted the video on social media.
According to the Constitution of the United States, the teenagers did nothing wrong. In fact, the Supreme Court stated in a legal argument in 2012 that across the United States of America there is no general duty for an American to render aid to someone in distress. Justice Anthony Kennedy has stated, “You do not have the duty to rescue someone if that person is in danger. If a blind man is walking in front of a car, you do not have a duty to stop him…”
This is in direct conflict with what God says. God said in Galatians 6:2, “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” God also said in Romans 15:1,”We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak and not to please ourselves.”
The teenager may not have violated the Constitution, but they clearly violated the Word of God and thus sinned. It should be apparent to all that these same teenagers were not properly trained and raised in their homes.
The above incident is just one of many conflicts between God and the Constitution. For example, God says in I Corinthians 6:19 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own.” In other words, God says your body is not yours but the Constitution says a woman has the right to choose what she wants to do with the baby inside her body, thus allowing for abortions.
God also said in Leviticus 18:22, “Thou shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination.” But yet the Constitution has allowed for same-sex marriages and this abomination is being promoted by our society.
These conflicts beg the question, Are we really one nation under God? We must never forget that when all is said and done, the only thing left standing will be God and not our Constitution.
Gilbert Owens is a native of Roseboro and a columnist for The Sampson Independent.