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Sunday, April 15, 2012


          THE FAITH OF GEORGE WASHINGTON
From the early twentieth century there has been an effort advanced to suggest that America’s founding fathers were, for the most part, Deists. Deism, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is “a movement or system of thought advocating natural religion, emphasizing morality.” Deists believe that God created the universe but chose to let it run its own course, and is not involved in our lives in any personal way. In spite of the efforts to re-write history, most of America’s founding fathers were evangelical Christians, not Deists. One needs only to read their writings as well as the writings of those who knew them to ascertain their genuine Christian faith.
George Washington was a devout Christian from his childhood throughout his life. He was raised in the Anglican Church, “The Church of England”. It wasn’t until the 1780’s that the Protestant Episcopal Church was formed in the colonies, when it was forced to separate from the Church of England. From that time until his death he attended the Episcopal church regularly, and served as a vestryman on various occasions. Washington also respected other Christian denominations and frequently visited their churches.
With the passing of time and the advancement of technology, we now have access to many more volumes of George Washington’s writings, as well as those of people who knew him very well. These writings overwhelmingly acknowledge his awareness of how God profoundly directed, protected, and blessed him throughout his life. Many of the people closest to him, including his adopted daughter Nelly, who lived with him until 1799, the year of her marriage and his death tell of his Christian faith. Robert Lewis, his nephew and private secretary during the early years of his presidency, was also well aware of  and wrote of his personal habits of honoring the Sabbath, daily Bible reading, and prayer.

The Prayer at Valley Forge
by
Arnold Friberg
Arnold Friberg, an artist, is probably best known for his painting of George Washington at Valley Forge. It depicts George Washington beside his horse on his knees in prayer at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-1778.


Some have questioned the authenticity of the story by the Quaker, and Senator from Pennsylvania, Isaac Potts regarding this event. However the Rev. Nathaniel Snowden, an ordained Presbyterian minister, knew Isaac Potts and heard about the occasion from him when he came upon General Washington, alone praying. 

"In that woods . . ., I heard a plaintive sound as, of a man at prayer . . . . to my astonishment I saw the great George Washington on his knees alone, with his sword on one side and his cocked hat on the other. He was at Prayer to the God of the Armies, beseeching to interpose with his Divine aid, as it was ye Crisis, and the cause of the country, of humanity and of the world. 'Such a prayer I never heard from the lips of man. I left him alone praying.'"

               From the "Diary and Remembrances" of the Rev. Nathaniel Snowden

George Washington selected the Epitaph for his tombstone; it included no statement about his service as a General or as President. He chose John 11: 25, 26:

                              “I am the Resurection and the Life; sayeth the Lord. 
                   He that believeth in Me, though he were dead yet shall he live. 
                      And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.”

11 comments:

  1. Thank you, Lynn! I love your devotionals and your faithfulness in posting them for us. God bless you!

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    1. Oops! This was very similar in style to Lynns that I got you two lovely and dedicated ladies confused. Both awesome writers ~ I see this as less spunky than a JANET style post.

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    2. I love both of your devotionals. Lynn is our impassioned devotionalist n u the one with this military spunk usually so this one was a tad different. Voice for you Janet. We are so blessed in this group with talented writers with strong faith.

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    5. Oops! This was very similar in style to Lynns that I got you two lovely and dedicated ladies confused. Both awesome writers ~ I see this as less spunky than a JANET style post.

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  2. Thank you for this excellent post. There are many original writings of the Founding Fathers, showing their faith in Jesus Christ.

    Unless we speak the truth, how will the lies be exposed? Let's never forget our true history.

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  3. Thanks Susan. One must do more than read academic textbooks to learn the truth of our rich history.

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  4. Thanks for sharing this and setting the record straight. History is under constant attack -- especially when it comes to religion.

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  5. As people are (sadly) moving a conservitive Christian worldview, they seem embarassed to acknowledge the faith of our Founding Fathers. Thank you.

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  6. Thank you Janet for the lovely post and speaking up for the truth! I recently read a book by David Barton, titled "The Question Of Freemasonry And The Founding Fathers" which is a short book less than 200 pages, but it sets the record straight through extensive research. I would highly recommend the book. Great post!

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