Letter to the Editor

Editor, I want to congratulate Debbie Vickers on her letter to the Editor. Such truths are seldom thought of in our modern society. In association with her letter, I would also like to add that one of the most exciting and meaningful chapters in American history was written in the summer of 1787. Representatives met in Philadelphia to write the constitution of the United States of America. George Washington was presiding. After they had struggled for several weeks and made little or no progress, 81-year-old Benjamin Franklin rose to his feet and addressed the troubled and disagreeing convention that was about to adjourn in confusion. “In the beginning of the contest with Britain,” he began, “when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine 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 the affairs of mankind. 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 the house they labor in vain that built it. I firmly believe this. I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven and its blessing on our deliberation be held in this assembly every morning.” What a powerful statement by a great statesman concerning the providence of God. In the present circumstances, the statement of faith I quoted from Benjamin Franklin about the providence of God is especially meaningful. Those who would re-write the history of America omitting all reference to God and religious faith in the founding and the development of this great country are not being honest, and they do our generation and the next generation and the next a disturbing disservice. What an inspiration! That our nation was born in a convention of men many of whom believed strongly in the providence of God. Indeed it’s true, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,” just as the Bible says in Ps. 33:12. We would do well to remember that these two plus centuries after the founding of our nation. I too believe that God supervises and controls the events of our nation and that of the whole world. Such things as the atomic bomb, wars, famines, floods and such things. I believe that God causes these events to result in the accomplishment of His Divine will. It’s as Elton Trueblood says, “There doesn’t seem to be much reason for worshipping a God who made a world such that He is effectually shut out from all participation in its management.” I recently read from an unknown author the prayer of a high school student. Now I know that this does not reign in our local school systems, however perhaps it may cause us to consider which direction our great country is headed with the Supreme Court ruling concerning prayer. The New School Prayer Author unknown Now I sit me down in school, where praying is against the rule. For this great nation under God, finds mention of Him very odd. If Scripture now the class recites, it violates the Bill of Rights. And anytime my head I bow, becomes a federal matter now. The law is specific, the law is precise, prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice. For praying in a public hall might offend someone with no faith at all. In silence alone we must meditate, God’s name is prohibited by the State. Our hair can be purple, orange or green, that’s no offense, it’s the freedom scene. We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks, and pierce our noses, tongues, belly buttons and cheeks. They’ve outlawed guns; but first the Bible, to quote the good book makes me liable. We elected a pregnant senior queen, the unwed daddy our senior king. But can we teach what’s right from wrong’ NO – such “judgments” don’t belong. We can get our condoms and birth controls, study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles. But the Ten Commandments are not allowed, no word of God must reach this crowd. It’s scary here I must confess, when chaos reins the school’s a mess. So, Lord, this silent plea I make; Should I be shot, my soul please take. I only add what the wise men of long ago said by inspiration. “Righteousness exalts a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people.” As a veteran of WWII and an old man, I often reflect on my trials during WWII, and this same question always comes to mind. “Is this what we fought for, gave our lives for, gave the best years of our life for'” ROY CLEMENTS Brady, Tex.

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