The only thing they were cooking up was the birth of a nation

First prayer of the First Continental Congress

When the First Continental Congress met in 1774, the men started bickering within two days, so someone made a motion to open the sessions in prayer. John Adams said it had a remarkable affect, according to a new book, “Forged in Faith,” by Rod Gragg. Describing his work as “a survey of America from the colonization of Jamestown in 1607 to the creation of The Declaration of Independence in 1776, the author said: “Faith shaped the birth of our nation.” America really was forged in faith.

“Colonial Americans did not want a national religion like The Church of England,” Gragg emphasized during a TV interview this morning, “but they wanted the Constitution to reflect biblical laws and values and for Americans to have freedom of faith.”

Although Thomas Jefferson was an unorthodox thinker, he always claimed to be a Christian, Gragg noted. Interestingly, when his Congressional colleagues asked him to design a new national seal (to stop his complaining every time one of his words was changed in The Declaration of Independence), Jefferson’s design depicted the biblical image of the children of Israel leaving Egypt. Although the seal wasn’t used, the theme revealed the Judeo-Christian faith that gave rise to our great nation.

As we approach the 234th birthday of our incredible country, I propose that our esteemed Congress take a leaf from our Founding Fathers, stop bickering and grandstanding on both sides of the aisle and open its sessions in prayer. It doesn’t matter who anyone prays to, or even if he or she prays at all. What matters is that the men and women who represent us all look beyond themselves to keep America beautiful–from sea to shining sea.

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6 Responses to “The only thing they were cooking up was the birth of a nation”

  1. Jean O'Neil says:

    Yes, it does seem that our ‘leaders’ have gone off the deep end, in not keeping with the Founding Fathers’ efforts to begin this great nation with faith in our Creator – found in Divine Providence. These founders did have such wonderful intelligence. We all need a reawakening of our founding and maybe we can receive wisdom and the definition of what this nation really was meant to be – a beacon of light to all, with no tyranny.

  2. Toby Wollin says:

    And giving a watch to “1776” is definitely worth it.

  3. Geri says:

    Hi LPC,

    wowie! who was he?


  4. LPC says:

    And, I would like to point out, intelligence played a huge role. I’m descended from the dude who wrote much of the Constitution. And he was smart. And he thought first, developed beliefs later. Not a bad system after all.

  5. Ginger says:

    Perhaps it was the faith itself that allowed them to see a purpose bigger than themselves. When we know there is a greater purpose, a God, one bigger than us… it helps get the focus off ourselves and our little issues that divide.

    I’ll certainly be interested to read that book. While I wouldn’t support a government sanctioned church, it is a shame that our history often masks the part that faith played in the founding of our country.

    • Geri says:

      Great comment Ginger. Thank you.

      Happy Holiday.


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