Benjamin Franklin and the Golden Rule

11/17/10 | Category: Founding Fathers, Photoshoot

Let’s continue the conversation… In the post Unite The Clans, I asked what our founding father’s believed to be the points around which we could unite and build upon. An 81 year old Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to the president of Yale University said the following:

“Here is my creed: I believe in one God, the Creator of the universe. That he governs it by his providence. That he ought to be worshiped. That the most acceptable service we render to him is in doing good to his other children. That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this. These I take to be the fundamental points in all sound religion.”

Recently, when we took our Miracle Of America concert and seminar and performed it at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Billings, MT I felt a unity that I haven’t experienced in some time. There were many different viewpoints represented there that night but everyone caught the message of our Battle Cry of putting a side our differences and coming together as believers in a Creator.

To take this a step further, a few years back, Helen and I were introduced to an organization through the involvement of a dear uncle who’d recently passed away called Arizona Interfaith Movement. I called Dr. Paul Eppinger, Executive Director of the organization and we had lunch with him. We had a wonderful conversation about how they have brought together these leaders from these different religions to the extent that they have seen them come to each others aid when there was need over and over again. They have real discussion on real topics and really listen in order to better understand each other.

My dad has always said that there was great power in a single idea. AIFM has built their whole organization around a very powerful single idea that they ALL have built upon. It’s called the Golden Rule and virtually every compassionate, faith based organization almost universally has there own version of it. “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.”

Enjoy this video done by AIFM about The Golden Rule and catch the spirit of what Benjamin Franklin meant when he said“…the most acceptable service we render to him is in doing good to his other children.”

Children talk about the Golden Rule from AZ Interfaith Movement on Vimeo.

This was the principle of religion that was woven into the fabric of commonalities shared by those who founded this great republic. They even taught it in schools.

What are the other two points that congress, back in 1787, stated should be taught in schools? …

Rusty Robson

CM Publishing Team

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