Founding Father says: God’s law trumps all human laws

Rufus KingFounding Father Rufus King was born on March 24, 1755. A graduate of Harvard, King became a lawyer, a member of the Continental Congress, and served as an aide to General Sullivan during the Revolutionary War. At 32 years old, King became the youngest signer of the United States Constitution. Later he served as a U.S. Minister (Ambassador) to England and a U.S. Senator from New York. King also helped found a Bible society for Anglicans and was an ardent abolitionist. He wrote to C. Gore on February 17, 1820:

“I referred the decision of the Restriction on Missouri to the broad principles of the law of Nature, a law established by the Creator, which has existed from the beginning, extends over the whole globe is everywhere, and at all times binding upon mankind.”*

The reference he spoke of was to a speech made in the Senate:

“Mr. President I have yet to learn that one man can make a slave of another; if one man cannot do so, no number of individuals can have any better right to do it, and I hold that all laws and compacts imposing any such condition upon any human being are absolutely void, because contrary to the law of nature, which is the law of God, by which he makes his way known to man, and is paramount to all human control.”*

Founder Rufus King’s belief that God’s law trumps all human laws is another lost episode in American history.

Read and Reflect: Read Rom. 1:18-22 and reflect on the “law of nature” that exists in God’s creation and how that law trumps all human law.

Prayer: Sovereign God, we are grateful that you are a God of order, righteousness and justice. We thank you that your laws supersede all others and that America, albeit belatedly, decided to correct the great evil of slavery. May we do the same with abortion, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

*Source Citation: Charles R. King, ed., The Life and Correspondence of Rufus King (New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1900), 6:276.

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