Friday, July 4, 2008

Today as we Americans celebrate the anniversary of our Independence from the British Crown, I am reminded of a statement of one of our founding fathers. Benjamin Franklin, a senior statesman among the group of gentlemen who gathered in Philadelphia as a part of the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention said, "You have yourselves a republic, if you can keep it."

This statement conveyed the weight of the daunting assignment held by our founding fathers as they looked to the future and committed their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to the cause of America. Are "We the People" still committed to the great cause of liberty? Can we enter the debate of issues facing our nation today without assisanating the character of our fellow Americans? Will we remain informed citizens who have a knowledge of truth or will we regurgitate the mantra the media is feeding us?

During the Constitutional Convention when the delegates had come to a great impasse, George Washington, President of the Convention, called the men to prayer. They had an understanding that Divine Providence had birthed this nation and brought the colonies through the Revolutionary War. The men humbled themselves and dropped to their knees seeking the wisdom of God as they laid the foundation of this nation.

As we look to the future, may we follow the example of those who have gone before us and seek the wisdom of God for our nation. My fellow Americans, it is time to pray! "We have a republic, if we can keep it." The keeping of our nation rests upon us as citizens. May we not forget the lessons of 9/11. We must remain vigilant in national security, united as a people, and constant in prayer. Today as we celebrate may we lift our voices and declare, God bless America!

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