At the Constitutional Convention in 1787, the delegates fought and bickered so bitterly that the convention almost broke up, but Benjamin Franklin stood up and said, “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?” Franklin then beseeched them to pray together at the start of every day. After that, an atmosphere of peace and reconciliation came upon the founders, and they were able to proceed and finish their job of hammering out the American Constitution and Bill of Rights — and in a context of prayer.
We are in much the same predicament now: citizens fighting and bickering so bitterly that the union is in danger of breaking up. Half of the country is pitted against the other. It’s difficult to say that we pledge any allegiance or sing any anthem in the same voice.
O say can you see the dissolution of marriage, in the way the Bible defined it?
Bombs bursting in air: a military that lends use of its chapels to practitioners of wicca.
One nation, under God: when atheists are putting up monuments; when abortionists are allowed even to kill babies who dare to survive?
And liberty for all when Christian businesses are forced to provide healthcare that funds contraception; when evangelical bakers are sued for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian couple?
The truth is that there are at least two Americas this Fourth of July: the traditional Christian American republic and the modern secular breakaway democracy that for the time being has gained unprecedented control.
The Founding Fathers would behold the nation they created with astonishment. The freedoms they bequeathed have been entirely abused and distorted to where freedom now means the liberty to openly transgress laws of God and nature — whether homosexually, heterosexually, or through other means, such as the occult, entertainment, and drugs — in a reversal that has given liberty to transgressors and taken away the liberty of those who oppose the immoral.
Hopefully, it will not come down to a choice between loyalty to the United States or loyalty to the Bible; if it did, the choice would be easy. This nation was formed as one nation under God…we will make sure it stays that way no matter what. Through love, we will seek and find that unity.
In the Catholic Church, one of the readings on Sunday (6/30/13) had to do with sins of the flesh, followed Monday (7/1/13) by a reading on, yes, Sodom (and the Lord trying to find a few good men). That was no coincidence, nor was it a coincidence that a tremendous heat wave and horrible fire erupted in America’s West right after the Supreme Court decision desecrating marriage. The reading from Galatians 5 holds immense lessons for America today:
Brothers and sisters: For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. For you were called for freedom, brothers and sisters. But do not use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; rather, serve one another through love. For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement, namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. But if you go on biting and devouring one another, beware that you are not consumed by one another. I say, then: live by the Spirit and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh. For the flesh has desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you may not do what you want.
Benjamin Franklin was spot-on: If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, it is not probable that an empire can rise without His aid. However, it is more than probable that a nation will fall when it turns its back on His aid. May God bless and strengthen all the crusaders in this perilous fight working for peace and unity in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Written by Elizabeth Hermesch