“I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth–that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow can not fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that ‘except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this. I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel; we shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and byword down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing governments by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.” – Benjamin Franklin (1787)
Truer words have never been spoken, considering where we are as a nation today. I could very easily change the date on that quote to 2011, and it would read just the same. Simple enough, our nation is in such disarray because we have taken our eyes off of the One who governs in the affairs of men. We have fallen so far from where we started as a country. Someone please tell me why, when we study our history, we place the founding fathers upon pedestals? Why, as a fledgling nation were we able to rise above all odds and establish one of the greatest nations based upon one of the greatest documents ever written by the hands of men? I firmly believe it is because of statements like the one above. Benjamin Franklin’s faith is under scrutiny by many historians. Not too many believe he was a man of faith. Whatever the case may be, even Franklin recognized God’s hand in the making of our nation. The evidence was too overwhelming for him to believe that every event that helped shape our Independence could have happened by mere chance. No sir!
The funny thing is, we respect, admire, revere, and study our founding fathers as the creators of our nation, HOWEVER, we won’t listen to them? What makes us think that we can’t apply their wisdom to our nation today? Do we have that much pride? Are we so beyond crying out to God for help that when we’re hated, attacked, and are falling apart at the seams, we’re surprised?! Everyone get’s upset because this Congress, this President isn’t “saving” us. IT”S BECAUSE WE’RE PLACING OUR FAITH IN MEN!! A nation without a firm belief in the faith of our heritage and the Creator of this world, is a nation gone under.
God bless you!!
*Similar post: The Christian Patriot