Rob McCoy:  “The Constitution is an immovable object”

By Michael Hernandez


(Editor’s Note:   Councilman Rob McCoy continues his celebration of Constitution Week as the special guest speaker at a free “Foundations” Luncheon hosted Thursday, Sept. 21 at 12 p.m. at Newbury Park First Christian Church, 801 Knollwood Drive, Newbury Park and sponsored by A-Team and Sonshiners, over 50 ministries of First Christian Church and Godspeak Calvary Chapel. All ages are welcomed.  McCoy is also continuing his American Legacy Series at Godspeak Calvary Chapel, 2697 Lavery Ct., Suite 14, Newbury Park this Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 7-8 p.m.  His lecture will focus on America’s heritage.)

THOUSAND OAKS—“This experiment in liberty and self-governance has never before been seen on the face of the earth,” said City Councilman Rob McCoy as he launched his American Legacy lecture series prior to the start of Constitution Week at Godspeak Calvary Chapel this past Wednesday to a crowd of over 100 attendees.   “This idea that we give people the right to represent us; that we choose by consent for others to govern us has never occurred” in history, said McCoy.

The American Legacy lecture series which continues on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Gospeak Calvary Chapel (2697 Lavery Ct., Newbury Park) focuses on both the Declaration of Independence (the founding fathers visionary document) and the U.S. Constitution (the founding fathers operational document).

McCoy introduced his  lecture by referring to The Statue of David—the 17 foot marble masterpiece of Michelangelo, commissioned in 1501 and finished in 1504  that can be viewed in Florence, Italy.   “The statute came to symbolize the defense of civil liberties embodied in the Republic of Florence,” said McCoy and it portrays a young David before his battle with Goliath holding a sling and rock—a symbol of strength and beauty.

Aristotle looked at any piece of art through the lens of four causes:  the material, efficient, formal, and final cause stated McCoy who called the founding documents of America  “a work of art” that are meant to “stand and not be moved,” said McCoy.   Like the Statue of David, Americans can look at four causes addressed by the founding documents:

  • Material Cause: The Land and People

“We arrived in a land open for the taking, established a government and moved westward.”

  • Efficient Cause: The Founding Fathers

“The Geneva Bible of 1621—the Bible of the Reformation—had in its margin on the right of each page, notes that had to deal with civil government.  What does government look like?  How should it be created?”

“The founding fathers had an understanding of life, liberty and freedom.  That rights were not from man but from God.   That man was accountable before a Creator.”

“This idea of self governance absolutely changed the dynamics of government on the face of the earth.  This was frightening to kings, to take away the divine rights of kings.”

“The founding fathers were impacted by the first great awakening in the 1730s and 1740s.  Later, the nation would be impacted by the second great awakening from 1780 to 1820.”

  • Formal Cause: The Constitution

The Constitutional Convention began in Philadelphia and took place from May 25 to Sept 17, 1787.  What they created with three branches of government can be seen in Isaiah 33:22: “For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is he who will save us.”

The Constitution which was signed by 39 men on Sept. 17, 1787 contains seven articles and 27 amendments.

  • Final Cause: The Declaration of Independence

“The Declaration of Independence is the inspiration for our Constitution” stated McCoy as he quoted from the opening lines of the Declaration:  

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people…to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them…they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

McCoy said that his quest into America’s founding documents began in earnest when he professed his oath to America and its Constitution upon being sworn in as a Thousand Oaks City Councilman.

(Editor’s Note:  To view Pastor McCoy’s lecture):

Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres – as a “City Upon A Hill”; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships.)

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: [email protected].

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William Hicks

Where is Julia Brownley on this issue? Is she too caught up in identity politics Latin History to even acknowledge e.pluribus unum?