Benjamin Franklin’s Advice to the Constitutional Convention

Tuesday Thoughts by Princeton Meadow Church, Princeton, NJ

Benjamin Franklin’s Advice to the Constitutional Convention

“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 they labor 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… 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.”

Pastor Smith

Rev. Dr. Ken Smith is the Senior Pastor at Princeton Meadow Church in Princeton, New Jersey
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