Late one night about 12 weeks ago, while sitting and enjoying the quietness and solitude, I heard the voice of the Lord in my heart giving me instructions to do something for which I had had no interest or desire. I heard the Holy Spirit instructing me to write a book about Benjamin Franklin.
I was familiar with Franklin through general historical studies. Through researching the Great Awakening I had also learned of his friendship with George Whitefield, the most famous preacher of the Great Awakening. Still, I had no thought of researching the life of the skeptical printer from Pennsylvania, generally considered to be, along with Thomas Jefferson, the most nonreligious of America’s Founding Fathers.
But hearing the voice of the Lord in my heart produced an excitement and desire for the project. The project is now completed, and at the time of this writing, the book is at the printer with a release date of around July 10 (The Faith & Vision of Benjamin Franklin).
As a result of carrying out this assignment, I came to realize why understanding Benjamin Franklin is so important for America today. As I researched his life and saw his deep commitment to Christian principles and values, I was astounded. My response was, “If Franklin is the most nonreligious of America’s Founders, what does it say for our political leaders today? If he is one of the most nonreligious Founders, then it shows how far we have drifted from our origins as a nation.
Franklin, in fact, envisioned a Christian America in which its inhabitants would be governed from within by Christian principles of virtue and morality. Such a people would create a stable and prosperous society with little need for outward regulation and controls. He also wanted government leaders to pray privately and publicly, imploring God for His assistance in their duties.
That Franklin envisioned such a nation is found throughout his writings, but I will here mention four events in his life that clearly demonstrate this fact: (1) a letter he wrote to George Whitefield in 1757, (2) his call for a day of prayer and fasting for Pennsylvania, (3) a letter of rebuke he wrote to Thomas Paine, and (4) his call to prayer at the Constitutional Convention in 1787.
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SOURCE: Charisma News