Tennessee Constitution, Article 1, Section 3 (1870)
That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own conscience.
Tennessee is my home State. I am thankful that the Constitution of my State affirms my right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of my conscience. However, federal law trumps State law, and one day this freedom may be taken away in its entirety. Nevertheless, the right to worship God is not a right given by Tennessee or Washington, D.C.; it is a commandment given by the Almighty, Himself.
Should the right to worship according to the dictates of my own conscience be denied, including the right to publicly speak the name of Jesus, I will have to echo the words of Peter in Acts 4:20, “We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”
The dictates of any constitution will have no bearing on the command to “go into all the world and preach the gospel,” including Tennessee.
Go Vols! 🙂