Thanks Be to God!
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, November 25, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Whether your Thanksgiving dinner was turkey and all the trimmings or a bologna sandwich, you should thank God you ate it in the United States of America, because this is a special country, which has been, especially, blessed.
Most of those blessings can be traced back to the beginning of this great country when the Founding Fathers honored God in the document that has become the world’s oldest written constitution. Of the original 13 colonies, only Rhode Island refused to participate in the 1787 Constitutional Convention, when 55 delegates from the other twelve colonies hammered out the governmental structure that formed the 13 colonies into one union.
Among the delegates were 31 lawyers, 19 military veterans, 28 former congressmen, two college presidents, three college professors, several doctors and scientists, and a surprising nine from foreign countries. The Bible was the chief source of their education; all but four belonged to mainstream religious congregations; and in their personal writings, 34 percent of their quotations were from the Bible.
A major part of their work was the Declaration of Independence, which sets forth the basic ideals of the United States and is the true preamble to the Constitution. The Declaration refers to God five times: God as Creator of all men, God as supreme Lawmaker, God as the Source of all rights, God as the world’s supreme Judge, and God as our Patron and Protector. Continue reading