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A Natural Born President

While penning a large portion of the Constitution, the Framers referenced the Torah for guidance and direction. Article II, which lists the qualifications and roles for the President, has Torah fingerprints all over it. Located in the Book of Exodus is a list of instructions God gave the Israelites to use in the selection of their primary leader. When one compares the requirements found in Exodus with those found in Article II, the two are all but conjoined twins.

Prior to their entrance into the Promised Land, Moses prophesized to the Israelites that on into the future, they would request a king as their leader rather than God.

When you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, and you possess it and live in it, and you say, 'I will set a king over me like all the nations who are around me,' you shall surely set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses, one from among your countrymen you shall set as king over yourselves; you may not put a foreigner over yourselves who is not your countryman.

Deuteronomy 17:14-15 (NASB)

The Framers of the Constitution placed this exact Biblical requirement within the text of Article II:

No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President . . .”

While composing Article II, maybe the Framers should have also included the requirement found within verses 18 and 19 as well:

Now it shall come about when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this law on the scroll . . . carefully observing all the words of this law and these statutes.

By doing so, America's Chief Executive would be reminded of the responsibilities which are part of the position he holds, along with the restraints which are not to be breached.

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