Happy Birthday George Washington!
George Washington, a man full of mystery. There are many “legends” surrounding our first President of this great nation. Did he really have four bullet holes in his coat and have two horses shot from underneath him during an attack in the French and Indian War? Did a chief Indian come up to him 15 years later stating that he and his men fired at him 17 times during that attack but could not hit him…then prophecy that he would “become the chief of nations, and a people yet unborn will hail him as the founder of a mighty empire.”? Did he really “pray” in the winter of 1777 at Valley Forge to the Almighty? Did he also receive a “vision” from an angel about the future of America? Did he even believe in God? Well, I’ll let you guys look into that.
In my research and study of our first President of the United States, I found it unbelievable how many people have written George Washington off as just another great leader with no belief or faith in the ONE TRUE GOD! Now, I know it is easy for HISTORY to be changed by those that research it and write it how they want it to sound. So, instead of listening to those “historians” I am simply going to quote the “Father of our Country” and those that knew him well.
Nelly Custis Lewis (George Washington’s step granddaughter) shared that,
“His life, his writings, prove that he was a Christian. He was not one of those who act or pray, “That they may be seen of men.” He communed with his God in secret.” In response to Jared Sparks, the author of “The Life of Washington”.
Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee described George Washington as:
“First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen, he was second to none in humble and enduring scenes of private life. Pious, just, humane, temperate, and sincere; uniform, dignified, and commanding; his example was as edifying to all around him as were the effects of that example lasting…Correct throughout, vice shuddered in his presence and virtue always felt his fostering hand. The purity of his private character gave effulgence to his public virtues…Such was the man for whom our nation mourns.”
George Washington himself said that, “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” George Washington, being the first President inaugurated under the Constitution, took oath of office with his hand on a Bible that was opened to Deuteronomy 28 . At the end of his oath he said, “So help me God” and leaned over and kissed the Bible.
Then Washington said in a portion of his Inaugural Address, “It would be peculiarly improper to omit, in this first official act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, [and] who presides in the councils of nations…no people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency… We ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained…”
On October 3, 1789 George Washington issued a national day of Thanksgiving Proclamation stating, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God…Also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws…to promote the knowledge and practice of the true religion and virtue…”
So from these words directly from the man himself, in my research and in my “freedom of speech”, can truly say that George Washington was a man of God and a man for God.
“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” But “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light.” George Washington