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Were our Founding Father’s Saints?

Were our Founding Father’s saints, were they without sin?

“Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone…” – John 8:7

There are those that have been sold the narrative that our Founding Father’s words should have no power because they owned slaves. The fact that some owned slaves is not in question. So why do we hold slave owners in such high esteem. I would ask why do we hold our Biblical heroes in such high esteem. King David murdered for his lust of a woman, Noah slept with his daughters, Abraham slept with his wife’s servant, and Paul stoned Christians. That is the very foundation and nature of God, that He uses all of us just as we are in spite of ourselves. The Christian world view is that “we have all fallen short” but by the Grace of Jesus Christ we are made righteous.

The Founding Father’s set up a form of government that looks to our Creator for our rights where “All men are created equal”. Even those that owned slaves signed on to an ideal that God created us all equal in his eyes. Frederick Douglass refused to condemn those Founder’s that owned slaves because whether consciously or only by Divine Providence, they set up a form of government that could not exist in the opposing views of Natural Law and Slavery.

“Now, take the Constitution according to its plain reading, and IFrederick Douglass defy the presentation of a single pro-slavery clause in it. On the other hand it will be found to contain principles and purposes, entirely hostile to the existence of slavery.” – Frederick Douglas

Were all our Founding Fathers slave owners?

Absolutely not. Prominent Founder’s like Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and Benjamin Rush were staunch abolitionists that fought slavery because of their Christian Faith. Founders like Ben Franklin owned slaves, but during the Revolution began questioning himself and ended up becoming president of an abolitionist group.

The pure philosophy of Natural Law stands on its own no matter that it may have been interpreted with a whole people group excluded. It is in fact without prejudice of any kind.

“The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which john-lockeobliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions: for men being all the workmanship of one omnipotent and infinitely wise Maker” – John Locke

Do not let the stain of sin blemish the Blessings of Liberty that God granted on this great country. Understand that Jesus died for those sins and that it is in Him that we are made Righteous and that our Founders found their righteousness in Christ also.


Franklin Requests Prayers in the Constitutional Convention

Benjamin FranklinOn June 28, 1787, before the Constitutional Convention, the 81 year old Ben Franklin  provided his wisdom to the delegates as they found themselves deadlocked in debate. Many have referred to Franklin as a Deist, I present this speech as proof to Ben Franklin’s belief in a very real God with his strong profession in the need for God’s “concurrent aid” quoting Psalms 127:1 “…Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it…”

Mr. President,

The small progress we have made after 4 or five weeks close attendance & continual reasonings with each other-our different sentiments on almost every question, several of the last producing as many noes as ays, is methinks a melancholy proof of the imperfection of the Human Understanding. We indeed seem to feel our own want of political wisdom, since we have been running about in search of it. We have gone back to ancient history for models of Government, and examined the different forms of those Republics which having been formed with the seeds of their own dissolution now no longer exist. And we have viewed Modern States all round Europe, but find none of their Constitutions suitable to our circumstances.

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 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, & 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.

 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?

To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. 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 labour in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and 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 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, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that Service-

Franklin Speech

Library of Congress