Monday, July 7, 2008

We Need More Irreligious Leaders

History is being rewritten today. We’re being told by secularist educators and media that the founding fathers of our country were more deistic than Christian. A deist is someone who believes in God but that God is not involved in the happenings of mankind.
One of those most mentioned as a deist and irreligious is Benjamin Franklin. While I cannot speak to Benjamin Franklin's daily walk with the Lord, I do know that in the summer of 1787 he spoke some of the most powerful words ever uttered on our soil.
Representatives were gathering in Philadelphia to write the Constitution for the United States. They worked for several weeks with no progress. Finally eighty-one year old Benjamin Franklin arose and spoke to the troubled group of men:

"In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for 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 super-intending Providence in our favor...Have we now forgotten this powerful Friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance? 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 man. And if a Sparrow cannot 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; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel. I therefore beg leave to move that, henceforth, prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven and its blessing on our deliberation be held in this assembly every morning."

If this is what it means to be irreligious then I wish all of our leaders in government were irrelgious. Just a thought!