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   At the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was gazing at the painting of the sun on the back of Washington’s chair. He said, “I have often in the course of the session ... looked at that sun behind the President without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting. But now at length I have the happiness to know it is a rising and not a setting sun.” The sun was indeed rising on the new Republic; because, She had God’s blessing and assistance behind her.

    When work at the convention had come to a complete standstill, it was Franklin (one of the least religious delegates) who stood requesting the addition of daily prayer at the proceedings. Stating,

“All of us who were engaged in the struggle [Revolutionary War] must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence [God] in our favor. … And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance? … without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.”

     As the delegates emerged from Independence Hall the final day of the convention, Benjamin Franklin was questioned by a woman, “Mr. Franklin what have you given us?” He responded, “A Republic, Madam, if you can keep it.” But have we kept it? Do we even know what a Republic is anymore? Or is it now Democracy or some other form of government?

If Benjamin Franklin were alive today and could sit in Congress, what would he see? Rather than statesman driven by moral biblical principles, he would see many politicians driven by power and greed, mortgaging the country's future to buy votes and influence. He would see representatives with a sworn oath to God, to “support and defend the Constitution” with disdain for both God and Constitution. Worse, he would witness politicians working to undermine and dismantle the very document he and fellow founders spent weeks laboring on that hot Philadelphia summer. The document John Adams said was “the greatest single effort of national deliberation that the world has ever seen,” known as the "Miracle at Philadelphia."

     He would be grieved to know that most citizens don't care about the document that protects their God given rights, their liberty and freedom, now unread by the majority of Americans. He would be pained to see the country's founding religious principles demonized by the media and society with evil now celebrated. Franklin would be dismayed to see a society largely lacking in manners, piety and virtue. He could only conclude the sun was setting on the Republic.

     George Washington, the conventions president, said that “It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.” The timeless truth that Washington and the Founding Fathers well understood was that there was a God (God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob), and that His blessings and protection could not be expected for a nation that does not acknowledge God, His laws and providence. But it is different today, so we are told. Though God and His laws still remain in hearts and minds of some Americans, too many have substituted the religion of atheistic humanism as their truth, political party, and for the structure of government. The political and government structure they have built on top of the Republic, which was designed for limited government, has become an unstable tower of Babel.

      If we have any hope to survive as a Republic, we must elect men and women to public office who fear God, who understand the biblical basis of law, of government, and of how to conduct their lives to a moral biblical standard. We must educate our young and most adults on what liberty is and what it is not. It is not the right to do anything you want to do because interferes with the liberties of others; it is, as the founders clearly stated, liberty is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (liberty).” (2 Corinthians 3:17)  

     Citizens will need to learn their God given rights so they will know when they are violated by conniving politicians and government. Public education “is favorable to Liberty, “said Benjamin Rush “Freedom can exist only in the society of knowledge. Without learning, men are incapable of knowing their rights, and to where learning is confined to a few people, liberty can be neither equal our universal.” “The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty.””

     Samuel Adams warned us that “The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.”

     But for generations now, by force and often without a struggle, enlightened voters have been cheated out of their inheritance by the artifices of false and designing evil men and women. It is both shameful and criminal that many voters have absconded from their duty to protect and defend the Constitution and the republic, to teach it to their children, and pass it on to the next generation. But it has happened due to ignorance of the Bible, of biblical history, temptation, and voters bribed by offering a pittance of their own money in return for support of candidates, their inheritance has been stolen. It has been used to build a political government tower of Babel. Not in honor of God, but to the vanities of man.

     The question Franklin asked at the convention could be asked of us today. "Have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance? … without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.” It is in vain because without God there is no liberty, there is no freedom. God will NOT allow the humanistic tower of Babel built by atheists, and secular non and anti-religionist on top of the Republic and the Constitution to stand. It eventually will be destroyed. We must return back to founding principles and put God in His proper role over our nation, “One Nation under God.” If we do not, then the light will continue to dim as sun sets on the republic.



“All of us … must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence [God] in our favor..”

IS THE SUN SETTING ON THE REPUBLIC?

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