Whose Government Is It Anyway?

We, the people of the United States are at a crossing. We may continue sitting, letting others make choices for us, or we may boldly take a stand and be a voice for truth.

Whose government is it anyway?

Can you truly make a difference? Let me tell you a story about two men that you may know, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton.

The year was 1786. The location was Annapolis, Maryland. All thirteen states had been invited to a conference to discuss commercial challenges each state shared. Only five of the thirteen states gathered. The war had been won but the nation was crumbling.

Money was valued differently in each state, waterways were fought over by different states, exports differed statewide. At first glance little would seem to come from this Maryland conference but a bunch of grumbling and yet it was the event that got the ball rolling, for at this meeting sat Alexander Hamilton age 29 & James Madison age 35.

Alexander Hamilton by John Trumbull

Alexander Hamilton by John Trumbull

 Hamilton, who had been born out of wedlock, grew up in a home that included bankruptcy and continual financial challenges. He lost his mother in his young youth and had to go to work at a Counting House at the age of fifteen to help support the family. He seemed an unlikely fit for a Founding Father.

James Madison by John Trumbull

James Madison by John Trumbull

 Madison grew up a sickly child, sickly youth and sickly young adult. Many thought he would never live to adulthood. He was small at 5’4” and weighed less than 100 pounds.  Yet as the scripture states in 1 Samuel 16:7 “But the LORD said… Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature;…for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”

The Lord looked on the heart of these two young men and worked a great work through them. These were the two who became the force that drove the 13 states to hold a convention to revise the Articles of Confederation. This convention became known as the Constitutional Convention and under the direction of many of the greatest minds of the time the Constitution of the United States was formed. These same two men who proposed the Constitutional Convention at the above-mentioned Annapolis conference were also some of the loudest voices behind the ratification of the Constitution. They, along with John Jay, wrote The Federalist Papers, which promoted the states ratifying The Constitution of the United States.

So, can the Lord use you? Are you available if and when He calls? There is still much to be done in the affairs of this nation.  Whose government is it anyway?