Debate dragged on and on. Finally the committee chairman admitted the situation was hopeless.
After weeks of fruitless effort, the oldest delegate rose. Addressing the chairman, he said
"The small progress we have made after four or five weeks is melancholy proof of the imperfections of human understanding.
I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth - that God governs the affairs of men".
Citing the Bible he added, "And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?
We have been assured sir in the sacred writings that "except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in political building no better than the builders of Babel.
The speaker? Benjamin Franklin.
It is ironic that Ben Franklin, who for most of his life was not considered devout, turned to the scriptures in a time of crises.
At 81 years of age, using the Bible for his examples, Benjamin Franklin brought a clear vision to the convention, that eventually brought the delegates together, and a great document was produced, the constitution of the united states of America.
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