As disagreements about the contents of our nation’s constitution began to swirl in 1787, Benjamin Franklin urged President George Washington and fellow members of the Constitutional Convention to pray before each meeting.
In his address Franklin stated, “I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proof I see of this truth that God governs in the affairs of men.”
Weeks after his speech, the nation’s Founding Fathers wrote the United States Constitution, establishing justice and securing the blessings of liberty in America.
Former U.S. Congressman Bob McEwen addressed students during Monday’s convocation, reminding them of the principles and values the country was founded upon. He also emphasized the importance of a Godly worldview over one based on man’s standards and ideologies.
“The United States is a unique, special place because it understands that God is the source of our rights, McEwen said. “There are those who want to change our association, our tradition — our history that makes us. Then they want us to be just like any other country and when they do it — if they do it — there will be no other place for us to go.”
While the country faces challenging economic times, the speaker pointed to the freedom and wealth Americans still have, stressing the necessity of protecting those qualities.
“Limited government gives us more freedom,” McEwen stated. “Fewer taxes give us more freedom. A strong defense protects our freedom, and that’s what government should do.”
Before exiting the stage, the former congressman challenged students to preserve their God-given freedom by exercising their right to vote on Nov. 4.
“What you are about to do is very, very important,” he said. “I know that you will choose the leadership for our country that understands that blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
McEwen represented Ohio in the United States House of Representatives for six terms. He is the senior advisor with the nationally recognized law firm of Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald, maintaining offices in Cincinnati and Washington, D.C.