Benjamin Franklin – June 28, 1787

Experience the American dream with today’s Patriot of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.

It’s June 28, 1787. I’m at the Constitutional Convention and the delegates are embroiled in a bitter debate over how each state is to be represented in the new government. Eighty-one-year-old Benjamin Franklin is rising to speak. Let’s listen in.

BF: “Sir, I have lived 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?”

Franklin’s words calm the convention and helped our founding fathers to seek God’s guidance in creating our democratic republic.

Read more about Benjamin Franklin and the Constitutional Convention.

John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.

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