I’ve read quite a few historical documents written by those who founded America’s government. Contrary to what is being taught in our schools over the last forty years, our forefathers were godly men with godly intentions. They spent many hours in prayer and thoughtful biblical study to help them come to decisions on how to set up our government. Like any group of humans they had to deal with tough subjects. Some of which, like Slavery, that took many years to overcome. They battled the customs and culture of the world that had been running on slavery for centuries. Even though Washington had his own slaves, he paid them and tried to make life the best he could for them. He basically turned them from slaves to employees. He knew that scripture taught wisdom to follow even in this area of his life. He from the beginning fought diligently to remove slavery from America. Right from the beginning Washington recognized that he was where God had placed him. He knew God was the power behind the founding of America and its government. In his first inaugural speech he gave credit to God.
“…it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being Who rules over the universe, Who presides in the councils of nations, and Whose providential aids can supply every human defect – that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes.”
“In tendering this homage [act of worship] to the Great Author of every public and private good, I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own, nor those of my fellow-citizens at large less than either. No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States.”
I think Washington understood Romans Chapter 1. Read Romans 1: 18 – 25.
“18 For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth, 19 since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse. 21 For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles. 24 Therefore God delivered them over in the cravings of their hearts to sexual impurity, so that their bodies were degraded among themselves. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served something created instead of the Creator, who is praised forever. Amen.”
Washington knew it was wise to honor God and give Him credit. God is the reason we exist and continue to exist. When we become too proud or suppress the truth we will experience God’s wrath. The more we suppress the truth (as we have done through our educational system and government programs) and walk away from God’s scriptural teachings in pride and arrogance we face the judgments taught in this passage. God will give us over to our unwise ways. We look back at the governments/empires of old (Egyptian, Grecian and Roman) and we think how foolish they looked because they worshipped or believed in things like scarab beetles, Minotaur, and household spirits. They started out as great empires that ruled the world and ended up lovers of pleasure. They ended up with drinking parties and sex orgies. They started out with families and ended up with houseboys that fulfilled their needs. America has followed these empires patterns. We can learn from history. These empires no longer exist. Where will America end up? Can we learn some wisdom from our first President? Is it too late to turn this ship around? As Christians we need to be well founded in the Word like our forefathers. We need to be willing to stand up and fight like they did. We need to stop being silent and start speaking out. We need to stop worrying about what others will think. Washington took a stand on the front lines of war for our country and as President he took a stand for God even in his first inaugural speech. Will you use some Presidential wisdom and take a stand for God?
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