Can America Be Saved?
IN HER RELATIVELY SHORT EXISTENCE, America has impacted the world for good like no other nation in history. From a fledgling association of thirteen colonies struggling to get up and walk as a nation of one people to her position as the nation to which all eyes turn in the world, America has been blessed.
One can scarcely indulge in even a brief review of her meteoric rise from the heroic bloodshed of her Revolutionary War to her position as leader among the powers of the earth without seeing the unmistakable hand of God upon her.
But America is at risk. Her foundations are cracking. And it appears the hand of God’s protection is being withdrawn. The principles that made us great have become tarnished, and our moral fiber is corroded. We have been in turmoil from incessant in-fighting. We have become a nation in which everyone is a minority striving for “special interests.” There is no “common sense.” Despite the horror of terrorism, our enemy most to be feared is not from without, but is within.. There is a vicious moral and spiritual war raging in the hearts and minds of Americans. Can we survive?Can America be saved? If so, how?
Our Constitution was ‘Saved’
As our Founding Fathers deliberated day after day in the seething heat of a Philadelphia summer to hammer out a constitution that would serve the emerging nation, they met with nerve-wracking frustration as delegates from the colonies sought to protect their “special interests.” Tempers flared. Passions were inflamed. At this moment of despair and seeming hopelessness, Benjamin Franklin, the elder statesman, rose and addressed the president of the convention, George Washington, and declared:
“In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented 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 understanding! In the beginning of the contest with Great 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 … And have we 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 men.”
Benjamin Franklin then went on to declare to that awesome assembly of the greatest minds in America: “If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?”
Then he declared: “We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.”
The senior statesman then delivered his personal conviction concerning the future of the nation:
“I firmly 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 a bye word down to future ages … 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 ….”
Drama of Divine Intervention
The Assembly of 55 of America’s greatest intellects and leaders solemnly and humbly adopted Benjamin Franklin’s motion, and each session
was thereafter begun with prayer for God’s guidance and wisdom. The effect on the Convention was nothing short of miraculous. A sense of order and direction emerged resulting in the adoption of what leaders throughout the world have acknowledged as the greatest document ever crafted by the human mind. No constitution of any nation in the world has endured as has that seemingly Divinely-inspired document. In the words of James Madison, principal drafter of the Constitution and our fourth President, “Without the intervention of God there never would have been a Constitution.”
And my friend, without the intervention of God, we will be unable to Preserve Us A Nation. Will you pray for that intervention? The future of our nation is in your hands and mine.
What then must we do? If you could rebuild our nation from the inside out, where would you start? That is the subject of Chuck Crismier’s new book captivating the heart of America. Get your copy of this heart-stirring book today.
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