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Monday, November 28, 2011

Several Times When God Intervened on Behalf of Man

The Faith of George Washington

- by Michael J. McManus -

Posted by rturner on 2004/2/21 17:47:26 (134 reads)
Sunday is George Washington's real birthday, an appropriate time to consider the faith of America's most important founding father.

At age 13 George transcribed "110 Rules for Young Gentlemen," written by Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits in the 1590's. George memorized them. They teach that man is God's servant who lives not for self, but for others. They became part of his character:

"Let your conversation be without malice or envy...

"When you speak of God or His attributes, be serious and speak with words of reverence.

"Let your recreations be manful, and not sinful.

At age 20, he wrote prayers to say each morning and evening. On Sunday mornings he prayed: "...pardon, I beseech Thee, my sins; remove them from Thy presence, as far as the east is from the west, and accept me for the merits of Thy son, Jesus Christ..."

At 23 Captain Washington was caught in a surprise ambush by the French and Indians near what is now Pittsburgh. Every British and American officer was shot but Washington though he rode back and forth across the battlefield. George later wrote to his brother, "By the all powerful dispensations of Providence, I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation, for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me, yet escaped unhurt, although death was leveling my companions on every side of me."

On July 2, 1776 he told his troops: "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."

Seven weeks later British General Howe had trapped Washington and his 8,000 troops on Brooklyn Heights, ready to crush them the next morning. Washington gathered every vessel from fishing to row boats and spent all night ferrying his army across the East River. By morning many troops were still exposed to the British.

"In a most unusual change in weather, the fog did not lift from the river. It stayed thick, covering Washington's retreat until the entire army had evacuated and escaped," writes William Federer in his inspiring book, "America's God and Country." Never again did the British have such a rare chance to win the war.

During the freezing winter of 1777 at Valley Forge, a dozen soldiers died a day, with many not having blankets or shoes. "Feet and legs froze till they became black," and were amputated wrote a Committee from Congress. A Quaker named Isaac Potts came upon Washington upon his knees in the snow, praying aloud for his beloved country. He thanked God for exalting him to the head of a great nation which was fighting at fearful odds.

The Quaker told his wife of the sight: "Till now I have thought that a Christian and a solider were characters incompatible, but if George Washington not be a man of God I am mistaken, and still more I shall be disappointed in God does not through him perform some great thing for this country."

On May 5, 1778 Washington learned that the French would join America as allies. The General told his troops, "It having pleased the Almighty Ruler of the universe to defend the cause of the United American States, and finally to raise up a powerful friend among the princes of the earth, to establish our liberty, and independence upon a lasting foundation, it becomes us to set apart a day for gratefully acknowledging the divine goodness..."
In 1781 Washington's southern army defeated a detachment of British troops. Lord Cornwallis was infuriated and began pursuing the outnumbered Americans. He waited the night at the Catawba River, which the U.S. troops had crossed just two hours earlier. Miraculously, a storm arose during the night causing the river to be uncrossable for five days. Cornwallis nearly overtook Americans at the Yadkin River, but another flood arose, allowing Americans to escape.

The French navy seized control of the Chesapeake Aug. 30, 1781, driving out British ships. Washington rejoiced and besieged Cornwallis' stronghold at Yorktown. With no ships to escape upon, Cornwallis surrendered.

Washington wrote Congress, "I take a particular pleasure in acknowledging that the interposing Hand of Heaven...has been most conspicuous and remarkable."

Washington had more near escapes than victories.  Would God have protected him from bullets, and saved his troops with fog and floods - had he not been a praying man?

Copyright 2004 Michael J. McManus

A "poster" posed the question of whether General Thomas Gage was guided by his Christian faith.  In attempting to research General Gage's faith, I never found any more than passing mention that his father quit the Catholic Church and joined the Anglican Church, and later young Thomas grew to hate the Catholic Church.  But in researching the Father of Our Country, I found a plethora of information on his faith.

In recent years, "historians" have made attempts to paint Washington as a Deist, as they have done with a majority of our Founding Fathers.  I'm  pretty sure these so called historians are attempting to alter history for their own agendas.  George Washington was without doubt a Christian, and a devout one at that.  In all of his public successes, he gave thanks to God, and he implored his men and his countrymen to acknowledge God's assistance and insistence that they should be free.

Anyone who argues that George Washington was not a firm believer in Divine Providence is obviously willfully suspending disbelief.  For, in Cornwallis' words, "an army of rabble" to defeat the world's greatest army, Divine Intervention is easily believable.

As for Mud's theory that General Robert E. Lee, a devout Christian, losing to Ulysses S. Grant, a non-Church goer, my theory is that Robert E. Lee was on the wrong side of God's will.  It pains me to say it, but Lee's tactical errors and failure to take full advantage of his brilliant victories show me that he did not have God's favor.  Perhaps God felt "what God has joined together, let no man tear asunder."  I certainly feel that way.  I still feel that way as Obama and his minions are attempting to tear down God's works right now.

And we can still look to the Father of Our Country for guidance:

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.
George Washington

We are patient, but we won't be forever.


  1. Washington was the right man at the right time and a true hero of the Republic. He should be venerated yet the Left has lied about him for the last 100 years.

    I'm reading two books out on Washington right now, Beck's and another one.

    BTW, in my opinion, the Founders would already be shooting and hanging politicians.

  2. Yeah, Gunny, but the Founders had Fortitude. There is also a little hesitancy to "tear asunder" this great nation they gave us.

    Washington has always been a hero of mine. I remember going to Mt. Vernon in the first grade, and I have been a history buff ever since. I wish the government would go back to celebrating his birthday as a separate holiday. Lump Lincoln and any others you want on a different day, but Washington deserves his own day.

  3. Tenth,

    George Washington is the one Founding Father that if you had removed him - the country wouldn't have made it. He is the essential American. The PILEs hate it that he was indeed a man of deep Christian faith as you point out.

  4. CS- he was indeed a man of deep Christian faith as you point out.

    Was Washington's Christian faith deeper than Gage's?

  5. Yes, you stupid ass. Washington's faith is well documented. In his own handwriting.

    Jesus, you are a curmudgeon.

    Please cite any example of Gage's faith. Or Howe's. Or Cornwallis'. Cite any examples of anything pertinent, you cantankerous piece of shit.

  6. Tenth,
    Good post as was the last one. I enjoyed the commentary as well except for mud's who never brings anything to the conversation.

    GW was truly and expectional man. We were lucky to have him and all the founders at that particular place and time.

    "We pledge our lives and our sacred honor... so help me God". That pledge is understood by true patriots, a pledge that no liberal alive today will understand.

  7. Mud_PILE,

    Once again your comment is not relevant to the discussion. Not a surprise.

    Two revolutions were conducted almost simultaneously (ours 1775-1783, theirs 1789-1799) and the results were spectacularly different. Ours was conducted by Christian men, the French one was conducted by PILEs. The Christian one resulted in the finest Nation and form of government in world history. The heathen one was just another tyrannical catastrophe.

    Please - how do you explain the difference?

  8. He doesn't have any idea, and I'm sure he wishes the teacher would quit calling on him.

    In researching this post, I have been unable to find more than a one sentence mention about the faith of Gage. Or Howe. Or Clinton. Or Cornwallis.

    On a different subject, I wonder why Mud is so adamant about Gage's religion and faith. Apparently Mud is not aware that Gage was relieved before the Declaration of Independence was even rough drafted. As a matter of fact, he was relieved by Howe prior to the formation of our beloved Corps. Perhaps he had a crisis of faith?

  9. Tenth,

    The pattern that Mud_PILE slavishly follows is driven by his intellectual laziness. He falls back on standard liberal (democrat, socialist, progressive, whatever) mythology without ever doing any fact checking or research. Then he fires off something off-topic or irrelevant because he can't grasp the reality of what you are talking about.

    The other possibility is that he has surrendered the point and is trying to throw up distractions to get you off topic.

  10. CS write, The other possibility is that he has surrendered the point and is trying to throw up distractions to get you off topic.

    Wishful thinking, Common Nonsense. Wishful thinking.

    Did you ever list 5 historical events where God intervened in history as I challenged?

    Didn't think so.

    Did you explain why the American Revolution was 'successful' because it was conducted by Christians, whereas the Confederacy failed because it was conducted by Christians?

    Didn't think so.

    Did you 'believe' that you dismissed the discussion on Adam and Eve by throwing down this statement: “The bones to support human evolution wouldn’t fill the bed a pickup truck …”

    Do you 'believe' that you dismissed the topic of climate change by laying down this statement: Global Warming as we all know now they have manufactured evidence to support their crack-pot theory.

    Surrendered? You wish, because in your heart of hearts, you know that you are Class B.

    Shall we engage one or all of these points, or will you be summarily dismissing me with some juvenile epithet- your usual MO?

  11. Mud,

    You provide some facts or I'm deleting your remarks. I am fed up with your bullshit.

    In the above biography of George Washington, there are five times when God intervened to allow Washington to go on to become the Father of Our Country.

    I answered your question about the Revolution and the Civil War. Now you put up some evidence to refute those points, or shut up.

    You put up some proof that "global warming" is man made, and not caused by an alignment of the planets, or solar flares, or anything other than man made events. You do know that the temperature of Mars has risen over the last 20 years, right? I suppose you think that's because of little green men?

    Your points have all been engaged, now either refute, using facts, or go away.

  12. Excuse me, Tenth, but I directed that comment to CS.

  13. This ain't CS's blog, asshole. You don't get to make the rules here.

    Now, either refute the points I made with facts, or go away.

  14. Of course it isn't CS's blog, but he blocks my comments so I can only spar with him here.

    If you'd rather, I could ignore him, Sepp, Hardnox and JOB and just spar with you. Trouble is, they all butt in when you and I are having a discussion. Like some sort of gang, if you know what I mean.

  15. Address the subject, not the commentor. I have no problem with you discussing topics with anyone on here; I have a problem with you making drive-by comments and then not backing up your mouth with facts.

    If you wish to continue to be welcome here, you explain how Washington and Gage's Christianity was similar, or different.

  16. Mud_PILE,

    I responded to your "five things" when I agreed with Tenth. He gave you a perfectly acceptable answer and I said as much at the time. Now before you shotgun BS all over the place answer the original question that you posited:

    Two revolutions were conducted almost simultaneously (ours 1775-1783, theirs 1789-1799) and the results were spectacularly different. Ours was conducted by Christian men, the French one was conducted by PILEs. The Christian one resulted in the finest Nation and form of government in world history. The heathen one was just another tyrannical catastrophe.

    Please - how do you explain the difference?

  17. Mud_PILE,

    Interesting quote today from Thomas Jefferson (thought by most to be the least religious of the Founding Fathers). It fits nicely in our discussion:

    "And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever." --Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 18, 1781

    Serves as a reminder to PILEs everywhere, justice can't sleep forever. November 2012 is coming.

    From the Patriot Post: