Following the Example of George Washington
By Chris and Bobbie Jo King 10-23-2023
Here we are winding up 2023, and the wonderful weather is starting to break to the cooler side. Well, maybe soon. When most Americans think of October, they think of ghouls and goblins, kids in costumes, and trick-or-treating. A little over a couple centuries ago, the thoughts weren’t on anything of the sort. Our founders were in a heated revolution to control our destiny and break free from the tyrannical government of England. October has a little to do with where we are as a nation today.
On October 19, 1781, British General Lord Cornwallis and over 7,000 British and Hessian troops surrendered to American General George Washington. While this was the beginning of the end of the Revolutionary War, it still took a couple more years before the final peace treaty was signed in Paris. This treaty was finally signed on September 3, 1783.
George Washington was a devout Christian. This fact is seemingly being erased from any discussion of the Father of our Nation and namesake of our capital. If we look to sources created around the time of the founding of our nation, to those who knew our nation’s first president, we see some record of his faith in all that he attempted and accomplished. In the book, Maxims of Washington (1942), we can find direct testimony about George Washington and his beliefs on various topics, including his faith in God as Creator. The writings which have been captured from various pieces of correspondence between Washington and others, in addition to first-hand accounts, contain some of the following examples:
- “He was a sincere believer in the Christian faith.” – Chief Justice Marshall
- “The General was a Christian”. – Judge Boudinot
- “A Christian, in faith and practice”. – Jared Sparks
- “… The General hopes and trusts, that every officer and man, will endeavour so to live, and act, as becomes a Christian Soldier defending the dearest Rights and Liberties of his country”. – General Orders, July 9, 1776 – Writings Vol. 5 p. 245
George Washington had the reputation of being a believer in God. As a Christian, he sought God before making decisions that had a tremendous affect on generations to come.
2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “if My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” If we as Christians return to our founding principles and not only follow what our nation’s first president lived out in faith and practice, but also the directions that God gave us in 2 Chronicles, we will see a resurgence of freedom and prosperity in our nation. If we are to return to being a nation with God’s blessing, we must become people who live our lives by godly principles. To do that, we must continually look to the Bible for what God’s word says. Remember, our nation doesn’t have to return to godly principles, her people do. Join us in seeking His face.
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