Revival for America and its People
By Robert Schaetzle Sr.
Edmund Burke once said “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Prayer is our nation’s hope and assurance to both ourself and our neighbors that evil will never triumph with God on our side.
The men and women of our nation who volunteer to stand in line of enemy fire of evil deserve our prayers. Whether in the military arena, in our nation’s political leadership in Washington or we, in our communities as citizens across America, have responsibility to keep America above reproach to the rest of the world. As they view our strength through adversity, as well as the fruit of God’s Amazing Grace by way of the power of prayer.
Where we’re at today will be even better tomorrow as we stand together one nation under God never ashamed to proclaim who we are first as ‘Citizens of God’s Kingdom’ under the leadership and authority of His Son, and citizens joined together promoting goodness and a benevolent heart to serve one another in sacrificial love.
Since the Declaration of Independence and decades of struggle, we stood as proud and united under fire of adversity even now in this fragile season before us, we must remain steadfast and true to the intent of our Nation’s Founding Fathers.
Benjamin Franklin brought out in his eloquent speech before the Constitutional Convention on Thursday June 28, 1787, when our Convention was at a despairing moment Dr. Benjamin Franklin spoke these words, of what became a turning point for encouragement and endurance. His speech exposed the false myth “separation of church and state” because we cannot separate God from government. Listen carefully as you read Franklin’s own moral responsibility for our nation.
“The small progress we have made after 4 or five weeks close attendance & continual reasonings with each other -- our different sentiments on almost every question, several of the last producing as many noes as ays, is methinks a melancholy proof of the imperfection of the Human Understanding. We indeed seem to feel our own wont of political wisdom, since we have been running about in search of it. We have gone back to ancient history for models of government, and examined the different forms of those Republics which having been formed with the seeds of their own dissolution now no longer exist. And we have viewed Modern States all round Europe, but find none of their Constitutions suitable to our circumstances.
In this situation of this Assembly groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when 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? In the beginning of the contest with G. Britain, 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. 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.
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 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 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: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall be become a reproach and a bye word down to future age. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human Wisdom, and leave it to chance, war, and conquest.
I therefore beg leave to move -- 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.”
These words of Dr. Franklin ‘To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity’ [great happiness] are witness to God’s wonderful mercy, love and grace.
Our prayers too, have indeed been heard, are still being heard, and are still most in need as we lift our heart to the Provider of this great Republic we call the United States of America under God in the presence of His power, as we celebrate our Nation’s birthday of the 235th year of our Declaration of Independence.
Franklin’s speech is public domain from Library of Congress