A Biblical View of America's Issues
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Biblical View


The ruling structures in the Bible favor "local" control. It begins with families. Fathers and mothers have authority, and responsibility, over their children (Deuteronomy 11:19, Proverbs 13:24, 19:18, 22:15, Ephesians 6:1-3). God chose a family to go on the ark and start the world over (Genesis 6:17-18). He chose a family, and divided them into twelve tribes, to establish the nation of Israel (Genesis 49:28). Jesus chose twelve disciples to be the founding body of His church, yet even then, only three of those were His closest and most trusted disciples. (Luke 6:12-16; Matthew 17:1, Mark 5:37). God seems to prefer small groups. Look at the tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9). When they tried to work together to build one structure that would reach the heavens, He scattered them, creating many languages so they were forced to work within their own tribe, establishing their own culture.


In the founding of America the same principle was applied--more power locally, less power federally.


The Tenth Amendment of the Constitution says:


"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."


The tenth amendment of the constitution emphasizes the limited power that the federal government is to have, and the freedom that the individual States and the people are empowered to enjoy. If the federal government is not given authority by the Constitution or the people to do something, then it does not have the legal authority to do it. The federal government is not to dictate to the American people, or to the States what is law or what is right.


Article: Nullification in One Lesson

The Tenth Amendment Center

This articles explains the history and definition of nullification.


Article: Thirty Enumerated Powers
The Tenth Amendment Center

Just what are the Congressional powers of the government?


Article: The Tenth Amendment

The Tenth Amendment Center


Article: No One Should Expect the Federal Government to Limit Itself

The Tenth Amendment Center


Article: How the Obergefell decision was a blow to State's rights.


When the Supreme Court declared that gay marriage was to be allowed, it overstepped its bounds. It is not a lawmaking body. It infringed on the rights of the States. Whether or not an American believes in gay marriage is a separate issue. The Supreme Court making this decision is worrisome to all Americans because they exercised power they do not have.


Blog: The Tenth Amendment for Kids

Layers of Learning

Some ideas on teaching the tenth amendment to your kids

All Scripture is taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.

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