Post Written by Jack C. Briscoe –
We are living in a very critical time in our great country. The economic crisis has caused an economic riptide globally and reeked financial havoc throughout the world. Even with all the great expertise that is the hallmark of our society, our experts are stymied by the financial woes of the wealthy as well as the poor. Socially, our country is in a morass of problems which we cannot seem to properly define and for which we can find no resolution. In the history of society, there has never been a time when there has been such an explosion of high tech inventions which have made our lives easier in many respects. However, at the same time that we sponsor curriculums for our children which would have appeared awesome to our forefathers, we have created a society where the children cannot go to school in safety; where crime runs rampant through the very fabric of our existence; and where in many areas it is unsafe to walk a block away from home to make a simple purchase. The purpose of this very brief message is not to stress negatives since the headlines of every newspaper in the world stress the negativity that I refer to in this article.
Before a problem can be solved, we have to be aware of the problem and know its root cause. Our President of Faith Theological Seminary has written an article published in this Bulletin. It is entitled “Why America” and refers to many problems that we currently face. Dr. Manohar, however, does not stop with the recitation of crises and problems, but goes on to give a basic solution. It is not found on Wall Street or any of the other financial centers of China, India, or any other country. Rather, it is founded on the Word of God. This article concurs completely with Dr. Manohar’s concept of the problems we face and of solutions to these problems. It is not necessary to be an aeronautical scientist to realize that our world is spinning out of control and that the problems defy human intelligence and abilities.
The question is what should we do to solve the problems and meet the great needs of humanity that lives on this planet? Ben Franklin, one of the most brilliant men of his era, was a part of the Continental Congress of the United States when it was a fledgling nation. The odds were against the United States with its problems during our colonial times, during the Revolutionary War, and in many critical situations following the War. The situation was desperate at the Constitutional Convention when the much revered and brilliant Dr. Franklin arose and addressed the Convention. He made a motion that they should bring in a clergyman to pray for their deliberations. He stated:
“In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when present to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings?. 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 men.” (Catherine Drinker Bowen, Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention May to September 1787. New York: Book-of the Month Club, 1966, pp. 125-126).
We all know the story of how God did intervene and our Country not only won its integrity, but also prospered beyond the dreams of the Founders of our great Country. Today, our problems as a society are related to the cancer of sin, wickedness and a falling away from basic spiritual truths. Religion has been either banned in our school systems or relegated to a place of no importance. Our main line churches have succumbed to liberal viruses and have attempted to dilute the infallible Word of God, the Holy Bible. Today church attendance has been relegated to a minor role as our fellow citizens devour sporting events on television and in arenas throughout the country. The question comes up as to what we should do to remedy the many problems and critical situations we live day by day. The words of Benjamin Franklin are as applicable today as they were when our Country was founded on the basis of deep religious convictions. Like a clarion call those words are ringing throughout our Country, “Let us pray”.
The Holy Bible is replete with revelations of the tremendous power of calling upon the Living God. In this brief message, I will not recite or stack the many verses that are relevant. A typical example of God’s solution to our problems is found in Psalm 50:15. “Call upon me in the day of trouble and I will deliver thee and thou shall glorify me.” Today if he were present, the distinguished Benjamin Franklin with all the prestige of his ability and position would state a resounding Amen. May all of us who read this message accept the challenge and on our knees commit our many problems corporately and personally to a loving God who has the only solution.