In 1776 some of the greatest leaders of all time gathered in Philadelphia to pen a document that founded the United States -- the Declaration of Independence. What made these men of renown so unique is that they deliberately placed themselves under a Declaration and later a Constitution which drastically limited their own power. These documents were meant to limit the power of all future American leaders as well. The founders knew the biblical command to use God's Word "to bind their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron" (Ps.149:8). As Thomas Jefferson said, "In questions of power, then, let no more be said of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” Dozens of nations have been liberated worldwide from the plague of top down tyranny through what the founders understood as their "common law" tradition. But where did this "common law" tradition arise and how did it end up in our Constitution? Does it spring from the “enlightened” hearts of the elite who ruled the ancient Greeks? Or is it the product of the libertine atheists of the French Revolution?
In truth, the story of our common law tradition has not been taught for generations! Moses was the first leader to found a nation based upon the precepts of the "higher" law that applied to all men equally. God gave him the essence of this law on Mount Sinai, the Ten Commandments. Moses applied these divine principles to the founding of the Hebrew Republic which lasted 400 years. In this nation, leaders were to be chosen based on their character. Almost all authority was decentralized and reserved for the family and local tribe. All were equal before the law.