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Election Results: Think on These Things
I was reading a book entitled, “The Rebirth of America” and it had some interesting comments about the Declaration of Independence.
Jefferson’s early draft of the Declaration had the word “derived” in its document. Benjamin Franklin and John Adams replaced that with the phrase, “endowed by their Creator.” By replacing “derived” with “endowed by their Creator,”, the Declaration rested upon rights as God had given them, not as man understood them to be. The result was these early founders chose to establish a new nation upon the truths and laws of God, not upon man made law. It is very difficult for an ungodly non-believing nation to affirm that. Yet, the proof is scattered throughout the walls and monuments of our Nation’s Capital.
In 1787, representatives met in Philadelphia to write the Constitution of the United States. A few weeks into their debate, 81 year old Benjamin Franklin addressed the troubled crowd.
“Our prayers, Sir, were heard and they were graciously answered… Do we imagine we no longer need His assistance? (referring to God). 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 they labor in vain that build it.”
Take time today to pray for our National Leaders. Pray for revival to come to our nation that is so divided. Our nation will fall at the hands of unbelief. Our nation will be destroyed at the hands of people absorbed in defining their own agenda and self-will. Pray that God will bring healing, grace, and forgiveness to a land that has forgotten God.