On this date, in 1732, George Washington was born in Virginia. Unlike our current president, Washington was a humble man of character and integrity who did not desire to rule the lives of every American but instead fought for the freedom of America.
On July 2, 1776, from his headquarters in New York, General Washington issued this order:
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 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.
The famous account of his resolution was given by Isaac Potts, who was General Washington’s temporary landlord at Valley Forge:
In 1777 while the American army lay at Valley Forge, a good old Quaker by the name of Potts had occasion to pass through a thick woods near headquarters. As he traversed the dark brown forest, he heard, at a distance before him, a voice which as he advanced became more fervid and interested.
Approaching with slowness and circumspection, whom should he behold in a dark bower, apparently formed for the purpose, but the Commander-in-Chief of the armies of the United Colonies on his knees in the act of devotion to the Ruler of the Universe!
At the moment when Friend Potts, concealed by the trees, came up, Washington was interceding for his beloved country. With tones of gratitude that labored for adequate expression he adored that exuberant goodness which, from the depth of obscurity, had exalted him to the head of a great nation, and that nation fighting at fearful odds for all the world holds dear…
Soon as the General had finished his devotions and had retired, Friend Potts returned to his house, and threw himself into a chair by the side of his wife. “Heigh! Isaac!” said she with tenderness, “thee seems agitated; what’s the matter?”
“Indeed, my dear” quoth he, “if I appear agitated ‘tis no more than what I am. I have seen this day what I shall never forget. Till now I have thought that a Christian and a soldier were characters incompatible; but if George Washington be not a man of God, I am mistaken, and still more shall I be disappointed if God does not through him perform some great thing for this country.”
Henry Muhlenberg, pastor of the Lutheran church near Valley Forge and one of the founders of the Lutheran Church in America, noted concerning General Washington:
I heard a fine example today, namely, that His Excellency General Washington rode around among his army yesterday and admonished each and every one to fear God, to put away the wickedness that has set in and become so general, and to practice the Christian virtues. From all appearances, this gentleman does not belong to the so-called world of society, for he respects God’s Word, believes in the atonement through Christ, and bears himself in humility and gentleness. Therefore, the Lord God has also singularly, yea, marvelously, preserved him from harm in the midst of countless perils, ambuscades, fatigues, etc., and has hitherto graciously held him in His hand as a chosen vessel.
This is the Father of our Country. A true man of God. A man of principle that wasn’t changed by circumstances or popular opinion.
Once the Revolutionary War was won by Washington, the people of this country would have made him King, but he declined. Instead, he submitted to their desire for him to be our first President and after two terms, he stepped down to give another man the chance to serve his country in the highest office in the land. The example he set by this humble act was adhered to by every man that followed him in office until the 1930s, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt decided he did want to be King of the United States. Elected four times to the presidency, it was because of his insatiable ambition that a constitutional amendment was passed limiting the presidency to two terms.
What a contrast these two men are. Washington fought for the freedom of America while Roosevelt brought more of the seeds of socialism into our government to enslave the citizens of this country. We now have in office the son of Roosevelt who is doing everything possible to build on the foundation laid by FDR so the federal government will have the power to control our daily lives.
Washington fasted and prayed to the Lord for guidance and the result was a free people with limitless opportunity. We, as a nation, have allowed God to be removed from our town squares and from our schools by the decrees of our court system run by godless men and women. We have allowed a generation of Americans to be killed before entering the world and we have elected godless men and women to every high office in the land for generations. The result is a steady loss of liberty and a government of tyranny unquestioningly smothering the people.
Do you really desire “hope and change?” Do you really want what the Founding Fathers fought and died to give us? We must repent and seek the God of our Fathers. True hope only comes from our Creator and change comes from the Lord who created mankind and has the ability to change hearts from evil to good. Until we, as a nation, truly submit to God and repent we can expect the bad times of today to continue and become the catastrophic times of tomorrow.
Quotations in this article were taken from America's God and Country by William J. Federer.
Read The Life of George Washington by a contemporary of Washington, David Ramsay, here.
To learn more of Washington's faith, I recommend Washington's God by Michael and Jana Novak available at Amazon.