Eight hundred and five years ago today, the signing of the Magna Carta took place on the field of Runnymede, England. The nobles who gathered in defiance of King John’s tyranny on June 15th, 1215 were the lesser magistrates of their day. Their brave action and the Magna Carta reminded the tyrant that his authority has limits.
These magistrates were Christian men. The Magna Carta is the product of a Christian culture. The Magna Carta stood in defiance of tyranny and oppression, and played a massively important role in the historical process that led to the rule of constitutional law and government in the West. Christianity brings liberty, rule of law, and proper governance to nations.
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