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George Washington Prayer at Valley Forge
With no concept of what it means to battle for the common good, especially when those beliefs are based on seeking the will of the Almighty, in the modern age most Americans have no idea just what took place in the Revolutionary War that created the nation that would become the mightiest nation in history.
USAHowever, as a nation we have forgotten the faith of the founding fathers or dismissed it entirely, as though it doesn't matter -- when actually, it truly does matter.
It's only because of that faith that we ever survived in the first place.
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New York -- July to August 1776Blood and bodies. Cannons. Bullets. Screams ...
The New York Campaign of 1776 (July to August 1776) seemed to be one loss after another. George Washington had prepared his army in New York to oppose General Howe.
The Battle on Long Island and the Evacuation of New YorkThe Battle on Long Island was a catastrophic event and led to the evacuation of all of New York and serious losses for Washington's Continentals. Before sending his troops into battle, and in a display of battlefield leadership, General Washington issued a general order to the troops on July 2.
George Washington: Our Duty is Under GodHe reminded them of their duty under God to secure the future of the nation.
"The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die."
George Washington: Man of Faith Who Led on the BattlefieldGeorge Washington was a giant. Not only was he 6'3" towering over the contemporary 5'8" average man, but on horseback he was unmistakable in his supreme visibility. In those days a general led from the front. No one hid in well-guarded bunkers or caravans, no giving orders for drone strikes on "targets"; the soldiers saw their commander and dared not disappoint him.
Christian Conviction and Integrity: Words Backed by ActionsBut in an age of giants who led the founding of a Republic he also stood tall as a man of religious conviction and integrity. Regretfully, there has been no one to match his example since. Washington conducted his life, personal and public, deep in faith in a God he declared often in his public words and in private when he rose early to pray and entreat his Creator in camp, and in his home. Personal associates testified to the General's early rising and saying his devotions from the prayer book owned and carried with him.
History Says He Rarely Referred to Jesus … But is that the Case?He rarely referred to the Person of Jesus Christ in personal documents or statements, preferring in the practice of the times to use Divine Providence or other terms of reverence for the Almighty.
However, in many respects, the majority faith was Christianity and most persons automatically knew to Whom the reference had been made.
In comparison and to put George Washington's words in context, in churches across America in the modern day pastors often end prayers with "In Your Name We Pray, Amen" while many others say "In the Name of Christ We Pray, Amen."
"It's In Jesus Name We Pray"Both prayers are directly to God, through the name of Christ -- yet only one of these common prayer endings actually mentions Christ. But they're both said in the name of Jesus.
Without a doubt, that would have been George Washington's context as well. Don't let today's critics or spineless revionist historians tell you otherwise.
At the time, it would have been obvious, this was Jesus, the Christ, George Washington referred toIn his public statements and documents he did however cite "Jesus Christ" several times. This included an admonition to Chiefs of the Delaware Nation who presented a petition. But Washington's status as a believing Christian can never be disputed.
Revisionist Historians and Critics Try to Twist the Faith of the Founding Fathers into LiesToday's revisionist historians and those critics in the past declare mercenary and selfish causes of the eventual parting of the ways of the King of England and his subjects in North America. Revisionist radicals claim that fear of loss of income, stature, egos and other reasons caused the leaders of the Revolution to declare independence in 1776. These writers pay no heed to "our lives our fortunes and our sacred honor." Dare we expect such courage from today's crop of poll-taking, media pandering pluralists? The example of Washington and his faith stand in the way. Washington was raised in the Anglican Church of Virginia. Washington was a vestryman in his church and attended services. In Philadelphia's Christ Church his pew, number 56, is still there. His presence in public at worship is a fact.
Fort Necessity (Pennsylvania) and Dorchester Heights (Boston)Washington's first military mission in service to Virginia was to the Ohio Territory claimed by both Virginia and France. A short but portentous skirmish with French soldiers resulted in the death of an officer, who was by chance a relative of the King's; Washington had his men build a stockade, Fort Necessity.
But the enthusiastic yet inexperienced officer had built the fort on low ground, not the heights, where the advantage would have been. Washington's surrender was demanded and given. He and his troops left the area humiliated and returned to Virginia. Yet, he learned from the experience.
Washington learned from his mistakes and never made them againWashington persisted and learned, drilled and read military science texts. Washington never surrendered to an enemy again.
Battlefield VictoriesThe persistence and determination paid off when the resulting war between England and France erupted in North America. Serving as a volunteer aide from the Virginia Militia to General Braddock, Lt. Colonel of the Virginia Militia Washington won the respect that drove him as a soldier and commanding officer in battle.
The Regulars would soon regret their attitude towards the "Provincials" when the men who served as captains and sergeants faced them on the battlefields to come.
Washington's proof of his ability to learn from mistakes triumphed at Dorchester Heights in November 1775 when the deeply entrenched Regulars were surprised by Washington's artillery on the high ground that made Boston undefendable. Washington's mistake at Fort Necessity of not holding the high ground was reversed and the Regulars evacuated the city of Boston. The skirmish at Lexington and the rout at Concord were eclipsed by the daring and inventive fortification of Dorchester Heights. Washington may have made mistakes but he always learned from them and his successes proved just that.
The Faith of the Founding FathersThe signers of the Declaration of Independence were believers in God. The Declaration held that the unalienable (non-negotiable, and most basic) rights of all come from God "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness".
No atheist or nonbeliever could ever attach his signature to such a document and still represent his constituency. The following is list of the religious affiliations of the signers. Note there are no agnostics or atheists.
Name of Signer, State, Christian Affiliation
The great shaking: Washington resigns as commander and as President retires after two terms. An act unheard of in his age.Washington lived his faith. Integrity was deep in his soul. He honored his God first and followed the road set out for him no matter how many ruts, defeats and detours. His determined strategy wore down the mightiest empire of its time. When the peace treaty was signed, Washington did the unheard of: he disbanded the army and resigned. Even George III was astounded. Almost universally it was a practice for the leader of the victorious state to assume permanent leadership. This was not to be in America thanks to Washington.
Not Out for Power: Washington Was Committed to Birthing a Nation Under GodEven more earthshaking, he left the office of President after two terms and retired from public and political life. The new Republic would adopt this tradition and seek renewal every four years of the commitment of Washington to a Republic he helped establish at great cost, both financially and to his health.
He Prayed to God in Public and Affirmed God in PublicNever did he doubt, never did he abandon hope, he prayed to his God in private and affirmed Him in public. This was the giant, this was Washington. Let us pray that our current leaders may somehow seek to follow his example.
But it has to be real.
Wolves in sheep's clothing don't get us anywhere closer to God.
The Consequences if We Leave God Are DisasterousThe Almighty won George Washington's wars and birthed the greatest nation in history.
While God is still there, it's us that have strayed away. As a believer, and Bible reader, and committed to prayer -- and one of history's most courageous leaders ever -- George Washington would have warned us: The consequences if we leave God are disasterous.
We can't afford that.
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