“If legislators in every state could benefit from a Capitol Ministries Bible study, there would be a reformation; you would see America returning to biblical principles.
“On June 28, 1787 when the founding fathers were in the throes of trying to write the Constitution, they were at an impasse. It was Benjamin Franklin, one of the most unlikely members of the Continental Congress, who said the country should call upon God.
“Franklin was a person of faith but he didn’t express it like George Washington or John Adams and some of the others did.
“But he gave a speech on the house floor and, in essence, said, ‘Mr. Speaker, when we decided to go to war with England to pursue our independence, we went before the Almighty every day for guidance and direction and God never let us down.
‘But we have been debating and arguing for weeks about how to put the Constitution together. We have studied every republic government form in the world throughout human history and we cannot solve these problems.
‘Why would we not now turn to that same source of divine wisdom because if we don’t this great republic and all the victory we have achieved will become just another human endeavor and it will fall way short of where the Almighty has led.’
“It was Benjamin Franklin who called for prayer through that impasse and his speech on the floor is the reason today that every session of Congress starts with a prayer and a pledge.
“So it is very, very important that Capitol Ministries Bible studies are installed throughout the country and in federal Capitols across the globe. They are of tremendous benefit to a nation — and to the world.”
U.S. Representative Bill Johnson, Ohio, 6th District