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  • Faith of Our Forefathers

    “History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, Trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days."Winston Churchill


    Imagine yourself spinning back in time, if you will, it was 1776, the hard battles had been fought, the revolution had been won, and the leaders of, what would come to be known as, “The Great American Experiment,” had come together to frame a charter on which a new government would be built. Imagine the excitement, the adrenalin, the angst, that permeated the atmosphere in the hallowed halls of Boston and Philadelphia. They
    wanted, needed to get it right; there was no room for error, they had fought too hard, sacrificed too much to fail.

    They had traveled the long road of submission to a tyrannical king, enduring storms of adversity and discontent along the way, there was no going back, yet going forward, to what the leaders were proposing, seemed frightening, impossible, and even unimaginable to most. Nonetheless, through the long lens of faith, these visionaries could see beyond the horizon of dangers, pitfalls, and impossibilities to a shining city on a hill. What was this vision that stirred their hearts? What was it that propelled them forward?

    A crossroad is where two paths meet, where a traveler is forced to choose one or the other. For the designers of the Constitution the paths were clear, they could choose between the re-creation of a watered down monarchy, with George Washington as its sovereign King, or the right to self government with freedom from dependence on or control by another person, organization, or state, the choice was self evident, at least to them. They chose wisely and in turn left all of us a living legacy of freedom held within the Constitution we hold so dear.

    Like the brave pilgrims who chose to flee the path of tyranny and oppression for the possibility of freedom, the founding fathers pressed on toward the prize, for the same spirit that drove the pilgrims was driving them. A strong inner moral compass directed their motives keeping them pure and virtuous, a powerful vision directed by a dynamic faith gave the vision energy, substance, and a life of its own, and most importantly the hand of Almighty God directed the desires of their hearts to line up with His Divine purpose.

    Though there have been a multitude of crossroads faced and a host of critical choices made through-out the evolution of this country, I sense we are once again at the spot where the roads meet, where a choice must be made. Which road will you take? While we know where we’ve been, perhaps for the first time in our generation, we are wondering and perhaps worrying where we are headed and where we might end up. One way or another we will all need to follow the directions given to us by our own inner moral compasses trusting that they will guide us in keeping our political motives and agendas pure, we will need to activate our own individual and collective dynamic faith in order that we form a clear vision for this country’s future, along with a powerful creative sense of purpose, that enables us to bring that vision to fruition, and most importantly we will need to trust that the hand of Almighty God is leading us down the right path as we desire and seek to align the desires of our hearts with his purpose.

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