CSN – LightWing Messages – 7/10/2022
A psalm of praise. Of David.
I will exalt You, my God the King; I will praise Your name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom.
One generation commends Your works to another; they tell of Your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendor of Your majesty— and I will meditate on Your wonderful works.
They tell of the power of Your awesome works— and I will proclaim Your great deeds.
They celebrate Your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of Your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.
The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made.
All Your works praise You, Lord; Your faithful people extol You.
They tell of the glory of Your kingdom and speak of Your might, so that all people may know of Your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of Your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures through all generations.
The Lord is trustworthy in all H promises and faithful in all He does.
The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food at the proper time.
You open Your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all His ways and faithful in all He does.
The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.
He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; he hears their cry and saves them.
The Lord watches over all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy.
My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.
Let every creature praise His holy name for ever and ever. Psalm 145 (NIV)
In America, there have been those with vested interests, like Zinn himself, who wanted to write history “in their own image,” or within the parameters of how they organized their own worldview. Who knew? He was a Marxist, so he viewed the world through Marxist lenses of interpretation. He ignored religious history, or he may not have made his fallacious statement about the victims being unable to have written history. And for Progressive revisionists, he is a genius. Yet, this was just promoting Marxist perspectives, which are seriously lacking in objective reality. There is an entire body of work that has existed for thousands of years that dispels his reference points with another point of reference. It is called the Holy Bible. It reveals God’s involvement in the affairs of men, and the suffering of His people who have chosen to involve themselves with Him.
Today’s message is a bit of that U.S. history that has been covered over by other less sinister Americans who had reason to bury the truth. The message today is from Dr. Benjamin Franklin, who has quite a personal history himself. He also made famous his comprehension of God’s involvement in the affairs of men at the Constitutional Convention. But, many Americans who are familiar with Franklin, who may have been taught he was a Deist, would not expect to read a Sunday message from him. Nevertheless, Franklin was the subject of one of our writers, Susan Schrier Clouse, a former Methodist minister, when she wrote of Franklin in January of 2017, in ”Making America Good Again: Lifelong Resolutions.” She ‘revealed’ that one of our Founding Fathers, previously depicted as a non-believer, was a man of faith and prayer.
There are a number of different reference points to help us understand Franklin as being a man of God, but what better way than to allow him to speak for himself. After all, we still have a basic remnant of freedom of speech yet intact in present day America. Dr. Franklin referred to this bit of his deeper sentiments in his autobiography. However, this did not fit the contemporary secular narrative about Franklin, and it did not sit well with the ‘overly-devout’ religious clerics of his day either, as he had an unconventional religious outlook. His ‘sinful’ ways included not attending the church services in Philadelphia regularly, although records show that he contributed to support Presbyterian meetings. Yet, his words indicate disappointment with the preachers of his day.
Once, after he had been persuaded to go to church, he attended services for five successive weeks, but he found little morality in the minister’s sermons: “was disgusted, and attended his preaching no more. I had some Years before compos’d a little Liturgy or Form of Prayer for my own private Use, viz, in 1728. entitled, Articles of Belief and Acts of Religion. I return’d to the use of this, and went no more to the public Assemblies.” An edited version of this document is what we offer today to allow Franklin share his own witness to readers about his relationship with God.
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“Articles of Belief and Acts of Religion”
By Benjamin Franklin
Philada. Nov. 20 1728.
(This message is an abridged version of Franklin’s original version, a link to which is at the end of the article.)
Here will I hold—If there is a Pow’r above us (And that there is, all Nature cries aloud, Thro’ all her Works), He must delight in Virtue And that which he delights in must be Happy. Cato.8
I Believe there is one Supreme most perfect Being, Author and Father of the Gods themselves.
For I believe that Man is not the most perfect Being but One, rather that as there are many Degrees of Beings his Inferiors, so there are many Degrees of Beings superior to him.
Also, when I stretch my Imagination thro’ and beyond our System of Planets, beyond the visible fix’d Stars themselves, into that Space that is every Way infinite, and conceive it fill’d with Suns like ours, each with a Chorus of Worlds for ever moving round him, then this little Ball on which we move, seems, even in my narrow Imagination, to be almost Nothing, and my self less than nothing, and of no sort of Consequence.
When I think thus, I imagine it great Vanity in me to suppose, that the Supremely Perfect, does in the least regard such an inconsiderable Nothing as Man. More especially, since it is impossible for me to have any positive clear Idea of that which is infinite and incomprehensible, I cannot conceive otherwise, than that He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no Worship or Praise from us, but that he is even infinitely above it.
But since there is in all Men something like a natural Principle which enclines them to Devotion or the Worship of some unseen Power;
And since Men are endued with Reason superior to all other Animals that we are in our World acquainted with;
Therefore I think it seems required of me, and my Duty, as a Man, to pay Divine Regards to Something.
I conceive then, that the Infinite has created many Beings or Gods, vastly superior to Man, who can better conceive his Perfections than we, and return him a more rational and glorious Praise. As among Men, the Praise of the Ignorant or of Children, is not regarded by the ingenious Painter or Architect, who is rather honour’d and pleas’d with the Approbation of Wise men and Artists.
It may be that these created Gods, are immortal, or it may be that after many Ages, they are changed, and Others supply their Places.
Howbeit, I conceive that each of these is exceeding wise, and good, and very powerful; and that Each has made for himself, one glorious Sun, attended with a beautiful and admirable System of Planets.
It is that particular wise and good God, who is the Author and Owner of our System, that I propose for the Object of my Praise and Adoration.
For I conceive that he has in himself some of those Passions he has planted in us, and that, since he has given us Reason whereby we are capable of observing his Wisdom in the Creation, he is not above caring for us, being pleas’d with our Praise, and offended when we slight Him, or neglect his Glory.
I conceive for many Reasons that he is a good Being, and as I should be happy to have so wise, good and powerful a Being my Friend, let me consider in what Manner I shall make myself most acceptable to him.
Next to the Praise due, to9 his Wisdom, I believe he is pleased and delights in the Happiness of those he has created; and since without Virtue Man* can have no Happiness in this World, I firmly believe he delights to see me Virtuous, because he is pleas’d when he sees me Happy.
And since he has created many Things which seem purely design’d for the Delight of Man, I believe he is not offended when he sees his Children solace themselves in any manner of pleasant Exercises and innocent Delights, and I think no Pleasure innocent that is to Man hurtful.
I love him therefore for his Goodness and I adore him for his Wisdom.
Let me then not fail to praise my God continually, for it is his Due, and it is all I can return for his many Favours and great Goodness to me; and let me resolve to be virtuous, that I may be happy, that I may please Him, who is delighted to see me happy. Amen.
1. Adoration. 2. Petition. 3. Thanks.
Being mindful that before I address the Deity, my Soul ought to be calm and Serene, free from Passion and Perturbation, or otherwise elevated with Rational Joy and Pleasure, I ought to use a Countenance that expresses a filial Respect, mixt with a kind of Smiling, that signifies inward Joy, and Satisfaction, and Admiration.
O wise God,
My good Father,
Thou beholdest the Sincerity of my Heart,
And of my Devotion;
Grant me a Continuance of thy Favour!
Powerful Goodness, &c.2
O Creator, O Father, I believe that thou art Good, and that thou art pleas’d with the Pleasure3 of thy Children.
Praised be thy Name for Ever.
By thy Power hast thou made the glorious Sun, with his attending Worlds; from the Energy of thy mighty Will they first received [their prodigious ]4 Motion, and by thy Wisdom hast thou prescribed the wondrous Laws by which they move.
Praised be thy Name for ever.
By thy Wisdom hast thou formed all Things, Thou hast created Man, bestowing Life and Reason, and plac’d him in Dignity superior to thy other earthly Creatures.
Praised be thy Name for ever.
Thy Wisdom, thy Power, and thy goodness are every where clearly seen; in the Air and in the Water, in the Heavens and on the Earth; Thou providest for the various winged Fowl, and the innumerable Inhabitants of the Water; Thou givest Cold and Heat, Rain and Sunshine in their Season, and to the Fruits of the Earth Increase.
Praised be thy Name for ever.
I believe thou hast given Life to thy Creatures that they might Live, and art not delighted with violent Death and bloody Sacrifices.
Praised be thy Name for Ever.5
Thou abhorrest in thy Creatures Treachery and Deceit, Malice, Revenge, [Intemperance]6 and every other hurtful Vice; but Thou art a Lover of Justice and Sincerity, of Friendship, Benevolence and every Virtue. Thou art my Friend, my Father, and my Benefactor.
Praised be thy Name, O God, for Ever.
After this, it will not be improper to read part of some such Book as Ray’s Wisdom of God in the Creation or Blacmore on the Creation, or the Archbishop of Cambray’s Demonstration of the Being of a God; &c.7 or else spend some Minutes in a serious Silence, contemplating on those Subjects.
Link to entire message: Articles of Belief and Acts of Religion, 20 November 1728
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