Sen. Lankford: ‘Our Problem is Not Our Constitution, Our Problem is That We Are Not Following It’

Peyton Holliday | September 19, 2022 | 12:57pm EDT
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Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) – At the Family Research Council’s Pray Vote Stand Summit in Atlanta, Ga., last week, Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) took the stage and warned that the federal government is not following the Constitution. However, he also stressed that the country, the American people, can change Washington for the better.

 “Our problem is not our Constitution, our problem is that we are not following it,” said Lankford at the summit. “We have the oldest Constitution in the world now. Think about that. The oldest functioning Constitution in the world.”

“Our Constitution, put together by our founders – I believe God led in that -- put together a structure and a system that has made us the most prosperous, most moral nation in the history of the world – when we follow it,” said the senator.

On top of reminding the audience about how many lawmakers do not follow the Constitution, he also stated, “One thing that we have lost. What is the first word in the Constitution? ‘We’ – hang on – actually, I work for ‘we’ [the people]. Because this selfish attitude has become more and more prevalent that the whole world is about me. And the power of our Constitution began with this very simple principle of ‘we.’”

The preamble to the U.S. Constitution says, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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.”

FRC President Tony Perkins.  (FRC)
FRC President Tony Perkins. (FRC)

Lankford reminded the audience that, “Washington doesn’t change the country, the country changes Washington.”

The Pray Vote Stand Summit held is a rebrand from the Values Voter Summit that used to be held every year in D.C. Sam Brownback, George Barna, Mike Huckabee, and other key conservatives take the stage every year to inform and motivate conservative Christians, and to remind Americans that they still have a voice in this world and can make a difference.

On its website for the summit, the FRC states, “We will equip and encourage believers as we discuss current cultural issues impacting faith, family, and freedom and evaluate these through the lens of a biblical worldview. We will cover important topics like protecting the unborn, the importance of the nuclear family, domestic and international religious liberty, and our education system as well as ways we can act and influence these for the benefit of our families, churches, communities and nation.

"As we do this, the PVS Summit will encourage believers to embrace the true source of our strength, the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word. Join us as we pray, vote, and stand in these challenging days!”

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