Spiritually Speaking Evidence of Our Christian Heritage Pearl Harper It seems there are many things in this day and age that needs to be brought back into America’s remembrance, less we forget. In the summer of 1787 when the representatives met in Philadelphia to write the Constitution of the United States; they struggled for weeks and made little or no progress. Just as the troubled and disagreeing convention was about to adjourn in confusion, 81 year old Benjamin Franklin rose and addressed them. The following are his words. “In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for deving protection. Our prayers, sir, were heard and 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…have we now forgotten this powerful friend? Or do we imagine 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 man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire cannot rise without His aid? We have been assured, Sir in the sacred writings that except the Lord build that house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this… I thereford beg leave to move that, henceforth, prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven and its blessings on our deliberation to be held in this assembly every morning.” We find much evidence of our Christian Heritage if we look for it. It is not in our Secular schoolbooks, as it was in the beginning. The Bible was the first book taught in schools. The very purpose of the Pilgrims in 1620 was to establish a government based on the Bible. The New England Charter signed by King James I, confirmed this goal: “to advance the enlargement of Christian religion to the glory of God Almighty…” Governor Bradford, in writing of the Pilgrims landing, describes their first act; “Being thus arrived in a good harbor and brought safe to land, they fell upon their knees and blessed the God of heaven…” Benjamin Franklin posed a question that I think we should ask ourselves today, “Have we now forgotten this powerful friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?” I don’t know how you feel about it, but to me with all the things I see in this world today; if I didn’t personally know the God of heaven I would be in much fear. When I read a small obscure article concerning our “National Day of Prayer,” that read; National Day of Prayer scaled back; there were 12,000 Madison based atheist filed a lawsuit against it- but two million Americans attended 40,000 events marking the day. This should arouse a certain fear everywhere. God Bless.