George Washington

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There is no one more important to the heritage of America than George Washington.

Opening Proof

Washington spoke of Jesus as the one “who lay down in the Grave and arose again for us, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.” We also find in the prayer book that Washington repeatedly asks for “forgiveness of sins,” acknowledging the “sacrifice of Jesus Christ offered upon the cross for me.” That would seem to be a very direct piece of evidence that Washington believed God intervenes in human affairs.

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My First Clue

I first realized some of the fallacies of George Washington’s kneeling in prayer when two different accounts were given for this scene. The conclusion was this event could not have happened because:

1) since the two different accounts didn’t agree this account can’t be true.

2) George Washington never bent his knee for anyone.

It appeared to me that out of sight of men He would kneel just as Jesus did before His Heavenly Father. And that he would pray in this fashion often, which would account for more than one witness at different times and places.

I also ran across several posts about Washington’s belief in the providence of God that he attributed to the success of the Revolutionary War. Even though Britain was also fighting wars in Europe, they still possessed a superior army in America.

Does it Matter

I had to really hunt to find the quotes from George Washington. There’s so much that’s so very critical. If the same critics had a view of me I would be declared the anti-Christ in comparison. Fortunately Jesus took care of that for me. So I don’t have to worry about the secularists.

My quotes come from this link which I highly recommend for everything. I’m presuming the quotes from Washington are not copyrighted.

His Character

“Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do—then do it with all your strength.”

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”

“The General hopes and trusts that every officer and man will endeavor to live and act as becomes a Christian soldier defending the dearest rights and liberties of his country.”

“If to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair. The rest is in the hands of God.”

His Faith

“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”

“What students would learn in American schools above all is the religion of Jesus Christ.” “It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors.”

“I am sure that never was a people, who had more reason to acknowledge a Divine interposition in their affairs, than those of the United States; and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that agency, which was so often manifested during our Revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God who is alone able to protect them.”

“I earnestly pray that the Omnipotent Being who has not deserted the cause of America in the hour of its extremist hazard, will never yield so fair a heritage of freedom a prey to “Anarchy” or “Despotism”.”

Nation’s Character

The following quote is attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville in his two volume book “Democracy in America“. “Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the greatness and genius of America. America is great because America is good. If America ever ceases to be good America will cease to be great.”

The quote dates back to at least 1922, according to etymologist Barry Popik, though he found a variant appearing in print as early as the 1880s.

“I sought everywhere in vain for the secret of their success, until I entered the church,” reads this variation. “It was there, as I listened to the soul-equalizing and soul-elevating principles of the Gospel of Christ, as they fell from Sabbath to Sabbath upon the masses of the people, that I learned why America was great and free, and why France was a slave.”

McKenzie believes the last two lines originated even earlier, with a variant written by Andrew Reed and James Matheson, English ministers who wrote about their travels to the U.S. in the 1830s. “America will be great if America is good. If not, her greatness will vanish away like a morning cloud,” reads their account, published in 1835.

“Here, almost certainly, is the long-lost germ of the ‘words to live by’ that Americans have long attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville,” said McKenzie.


Washington’s character is one that needs to be copied by every American. The Revolutionary war was not fought to give people license or to engage in immoral activities that corrupt and weaken a society.

He also had a character of resolve to finish what he started. And he was diligent to do everything in the most fair and reverent manner.

His faith in God and His Savior steered him away form the trappings of greed, power, and immorality.

Irrespective of the accuracy and timing of the “Tocqueville quotes”, they ring true nonetheless. Especially poignant for me was the part of the quote that said “I learned why America was great and free, and why France was a slave.”

The freedoms that Americans seek to have cannot survive if we forget what got us here – or maybe 1960. After that absolute individualism, immoral character, materialism, and lack of a common bond has sapped the strength of America. And the efforts to finally put racial inequality behind us has resulted in the same divisiveness that existed in Reconstruction in the South after the Civil War.

Politics will not save America. And the “Church”. will not save America. Only American citizens educated about the character of our founding fathers and our Christian foundations will be able to right our ship and continue to be the light of freedom in a dark world.


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