What Are the “Just and Holy Principles” of the US Constitution? (Knowhy #615) – powered by Happy Scribe
In a revelation given through Joseph Smith. At that time, the Lord encouraged the Saints to importune for redress and redemption in accordance with the laws and Constitution of the people which the Lord said, I have suffered to be established and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh according to just and Holy principles. What did it mean that the US Constitution contains just and Holy principles? Legal scholar John Welch explained, While Joseph Smith never expressly defined what he meant by the word principles, it would appear that the preamble to the Constitution encapsulates Joseph’s conceptual and practical understanding of the term.
The preamble is the opening statement of the Constitution.
It States as a bold headline the specific purposes for which the Constitution was ratified. It famously declares, we the people of the United States in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity. Do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America today an American constitutional law. The preamble is often considered to be of little legal consequence, and Joseph Smith’s time, however, the preamble held a place of prominence for Americans, and its principles were considered legally binding.
The principles and ideals articulated in the preamble are government formed by and for the people unity, justice, tranquillity, common defense, general welfare of all citizens, cultivating the blessings of Liberty for all people now as well as for the rising generations.
These basic ideals constitute the underpinnings of the constitutional and political views of the Prophet just as much as they operated in his religious goals for the establishment of the Church and the building of Zion. Today, we can see that the principles originally enshrined in the preamble to the Constitution are just and Holy. They still stand as approved by God, by revelation, by reason, by Scripture and by social contract. Now you know why.