A Prayer for a Nation

Benjamin Franklin was a religious man, but he didn’t much care for organized religion. At least not as it was presented to him. But he did believe in God. And he had some things to say about our Constitution.

“I beg that I may not be understood to infer,” he said, “that our General Convention (Constitutional Convention) was divinely inspired, when it form’d the new Constitution . . . .yet I must own that I have so much faith in the general Government of the world by Providence (his, and George Washington’s, way of naming God) that I can hardly conceive a Transaction of such momentous Importance to the Welfare of Millions now existing, and to exist in the posterity of a great Nation, should be suffered to pass without being in some degree inflluenc’d, guided, and governed by that omnipotent, omnipresent, and beneficent Ruler, in whom all inferior Spirits live, move and have their Being.”
(“A Comparison of the Conduct of Ancient Jews and Anti-federalists in the United States of America” (1788), as quoted in “First Freedom” by Randall Palmer, et al, 2012, page 37.

Now, what do you think?

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