A reader asked, “Are you in the tank for Newt?” I answer.
Unlike a lot of people who are “in the tank” for their favorite messiah-like candidate, I am “in the tank” for my children, grandchildren, succeeding generations of Americans yet unborn and “in the tank” for someone even more special.
Delegates from the thirteen original colonies met at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in Philadelphia with the intent of “fixing” the confederacy. It was a time of national bankruptcy, a time when we as a nation were on a path to dissolution, failure.
Numerous plans came forward: the “Virginia Plan”, the “New Jersey Plan”, but after about five weeks the carnal minds of men had neither resolved their problems nor forged a new contract between the nascent states. It was at this point octogenarian founding father Benjamin Franklin made a speech that turned the convention on its head, so to speak. Here I quote Mr. Franklin:
“The small progress we have made after 4 or five weeks close attendance & continual reasonings with each other-our different sentiments on almost every question, several of the last producing as many noes as ays, is methinks a melancholy proof of the imperfection of the Human Understanding. We indeed seem to feel our own want of political wisdom, since we have been running about in search of it. We have gone back to ancient history for models of Government, and examined the different forms of those Republics which having been formed with the seeds of their own dissolution now no longer exist. And we have viewed Modern States all round Europe, but find none of their Constitutions suitable to our circumstances.
In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented 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? In the beginning of the Contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection.- Our prayers, Sir, were heard, & 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.
“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 men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?
To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? or do we imagine that 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 men. 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 labour in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.
I therefore beg leave to move-that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that Service.”
In summary, God used Benjamin Franklin, an imperfect man who fathered a child out of wedlock – just imagine the headlines were he a political candidate today – to usher in spiritual revival. Our present-day Constitution was born out of the fires of revival.
From whom do our people seek relief in 2012? They are looking for Mr. Electable, a false messiah. I remind you Bible students that King Saul was the Mr. Electable of his day – tall, dark and handsome, “head and shoulders” above his fellows.
To answer the question posed by a reader regarding my preference for a presidential candidate, I am “in the tank” for Jesus Christ, the true Messiah who is coming again to rule and reign on the earth.
Too many look for Mr. Electable, the fellow who most cleverly speaks, the man with the most money, “the one” who looks like he can save America. As it is written,
“…God selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is foolish to put the wise to shame, and what the world calls weak to put the strong to shame.” – I Corinthians 1:27
I believe God is looking for someone very different from Mr. Electable.