Mixed History2017-08-03T16:23:50-05:00

Mixed History

America was founded by imperfect men. But many of the forefathers of America believed they were led by the God Who Created the world and the nations in it—led by Him to the places they settled, led by Him to form the governments and constitution we have, and led by Him to establish civil institutions.

So how than can the institution of slavery and the racism that followed have been a part of American life? How do we respond today to that legacy from the past?

Benjamin Franklin’s word to the Constitutional Convention, as they struggled for guidance, were, “I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth—that God governs in the affairs of man….”

Can we leave our questions under that same truth and seek our answers there?

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