Benjamin Franklin on God and the Affairs of Men

“How… have we 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. . . . 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 the house, they labor in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this; 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 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.
I therefore beg leave to more that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and it’s blessings on our deliberations, be held in assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate on that service.”
-Benjamin Franklin
God indeed, answered the prayers of the Founding Fathers, as on September 17, 1787, the drafting of the U.S constitution was completed. Franklin’s words remain forever true: as our nation faces today’s moral, political, and spiritual issues, we shall fail in this “grand experiment” of liberty unless we seek the “assistance of heaven.”

(Taken from The American Patriot’s Bible)
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A Call to Search the Scriptures

“I speak as a man of the world to men of the world; and “I say to you, search the scriptures!” The Bible is the book of all others, to be read at all ages, and in all conditions of human life; not to be read once or twice or thrice through, and then laid aside, but to be read in small portions of one or two chapters every day, and never to be intermitted, unless by some overruling necessity.” John Quincy Adams, our 6th president.

(Taken from The American Patriot’s Bible)


Just One More Man STUB

Inducted into the US Army in April 1942, Desmond Doss was threatened and harassed by the other men in his company for his beliefs and quiet reading of the pocket-sized Bible his wife had given him- even trying to get him transferred out of their unit. On Okinawa, in the late spring of 1945, his battalion was attacked on a summit by a heavy concentration of artillery, mortar, and machine-gun fire, inflicting approximately 75 casualties and driving others back. Doss refused to seek cover, and remained on the fire-swept area to carry the stricken ones one by one to the edge of the escarpment where he lowered them from a rope-supported litter to friendly hands. Each time he got one of them to safety, he prayed, “Dear God, let me get just one more man.”
(Taken from The American Patriot’s Bible)


Thomas Paine’s Sermon for Change

Thomas Paine’s political pamphlet Common Sense was structured like a sermon and relied on biblical references and allusions, such as, “But where says some is the king of America? I’ll tell you, friend, He reigns above,” to make his case to the people. His words stirred the colonists to strengthen their resolve. By spring 1776, there was significant support for American independence, and Virginia’s convention voted to instruct their delegates to Congress to propose that the colonies formally declare their independence.

Paine reminded the people that God’s sovereign power is above all of those in this world, the American Patriot shared the fearless attitude that America needed to fight.

(Taken from The American Patriot’s Bible)