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  • Ben Franklin and Prayer

    by Founder on January 2, 2009

    in Voice of the People

    As the American people and our elected officials forge into the future carrying a somewhat atheist philosophy – our economy slips into a government made depression and our elected officials widen the gap of trust between the people and themselves.

    The elected and appointed officials now in government – are doing all they can to take God out of the people’s hearts and minds. They are siding with the smallest voices of dissension – those who want a Godless society – while making laws that effect all the American citizens – not just those few who believe there is no God and therefore no sense in prayer. Are these Godless people wiser than our founding fathers? Or are they just the result of a TV driven, lack of morals society?

    Let’s look at what Ben Franklin thinks about the matter. Perhaps our elected officials should now use his suggestion – to instill some common sense in our government and maybe even some honesty. Based on the actions of our government and its elected officials, it is obvious that our leaders are now void of God, spirituality and his teachings. The devil seems to be in our government now – not God. Let’s go back to the Constitutional Convention and listen in on what a real leader – a real American – has to say.

    The Constitutional Convention had been meeting for five weeks and had hit a deadlock. The large states were insisting that congressional representation be based on population, while the smaller states wanted a one-state-one-vote rule.
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    The entire effort to create a stronger union was in jeopardy. Eighty-one-year-old Benjamin Franklin, quiet during most of the deliberations, then addressed the group. According to James Madison’s notes and in the words of Ben Franklin – here is what happened next.

    In Ben Franklin’s words – “In this situation of this assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the father of lights to illuminate our understandings?”

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    “In the beginning of the contest with Great Britian, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection – Our prayers, Sir, were heard and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor.”

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    “I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of the truth – that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance?”

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    “We shall be divided by our little partial interests, our projects will be confounded and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word 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.”

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    “I therefore beg leave that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service.”

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    Need I say more? Let’s read Ben’s words one more time -Â Â “We shall be divided by our little partial interests, our projects will be confounded and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word 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.”

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    This, of course is what is happening today – just like most of the warnings in the Constitution.  It is most obvious that our government and its elected officials can certainly use a daily prayer before they go about the business of making decisions that effect the lives all the honest, hard working tax payers.  Our government needs a daily dose of honesty, character and humbleness.

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    Please stand with me and Ben Franklin as we try to instill honesty and trust back into our government. By our government attempting to push God and prayer from our society – it is just fueling the fire that will lead this entire nation down the path towards Socialism – filled with corruption, greed and deceit.

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    Is this what you want for your future? Is this what you want for your children’s future? Please stand with me and make your voices heard – and let’s all say a prayer for America’s future and the lives of our nation’s children.Â

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    Remember, once the Constitution was written – all the signers sat back and to the last one they each noted, that what had occurred in that room was no less than a miracle of God. For all those different men, with different views, from different parts of the country – to come together and agree as they did – after prayer was invoked – was clearly a miracle. God bless America.

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