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Christian Influence on the Founding Fathers

Benjamin Franklin

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One of the things I enjoy about blogging is seeing what other ordinary Americans have to say and write about, especially when we share some common interest.

This morning I was treated to a well written article that makes the case for the Christian influence on our Founding Fathers.

The left seeks to remove all traces of this influence in an effort to make the state supreme. This article titled Lies From the Pit of Hell is well worth your time in helping us remember just how far we have drifted from that Christian influence in our public discourse.

Here’s a quote from the article that is referencing old Ben Franklin:

“In the beginning of the contest with Britain, 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 superintending Providence in our favor…. And 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. I also believe that, without His concerning aid, we will succeed no better than the builders of Babel;… we ourselves shall become a reproach and a byword down to future ages.  And what is worse, mankind may hereafter, from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing government by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war or conquest.”.

It illustrates that Franklin and other Founding Fathers who are said to be deists were at least familiar with Scripture, such as Proverbs 21:1

	The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD;
		he turns it wherever he will. (Proverbs 21:1 ESV)
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