In our day where a person can hardly trust anything you hear, see, or read, I really struggle at times to come to grips with the supposed “historical fact” that is so frequently waved in front of my face by the very vocal, liberal left.
I have heard that the Founding Fathers of this nation are barely worthy of our admiration because they were all significantly deficient in matters of moral character: Ben Franklin was a godless womanizer, Jefferson was a racist slave holder, and Washington was no more than a simple Deist, if he was a believer at all. This spring, the Sons of Liberty who participated in the Boston Tea Party were branded as “terrorists” in Texas school curriculum called CSCOPE. And Barack Obama recently claimed that Vietnamese dictator Ho Chi Minh was inspired by Thomas Jefferson. All of this is pure poppycock.
Let me share a website with you that has changed my life, and my outlook, and certainly my opinion of the Founding Fathers. The Federalist Papers organization (http://www.thefederalistpapers.org) has been a treasure trove of patriotic reading materials for me. I have over 160 different PDF files saved to my computer which were offered free on the website, that I am slowly picking through. And I am loving what I am discovering.
I recently read the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Any person writing their autobiography may wish to put themselves in a good light, for the sake of posterity and friends, but in my opinion you can’t fake a relationship with God. Ben Franklin was a true believer. It bleeds through his writing, even though he doesn’t reference religion very often.
How about this claim concerning George Washington…. I have heard from liberals, as recently as this week, that Washington was a Deist. That he was not Christian at all, and that he did not believe in Divine Providence. Read this and tell me what you think:
“You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are.” – George Washington, speech to the Delaware Indian Chiefs on May 12, 1779″ –page 101, The Wisdom of George Washington, by Bill Bailey
Prayer Journal – April 21-23, 1752
“Almighty God, and most merciful father, who didst command the children of Israel to offer a daily sacrifice to thee, that thereby they might glorify and praise thee for thy protection both night and day; receive, O Lord, my morning sacrifice which I now offer up to thee; I yield thee humble and hearty thanks that thou has preserved me from the dangers of the night past, and brought me to the light of this day, and the comforts thereof, a day which is consecrated to thine own service and for thine own honor. Let my heart, therefore, Gracious God, be so affected with the glory and majesty of it, that I may not do mine own works, but wait on thee, and discharge those weighty duties thou requirest of me; and since thou art a God of pure eyes, and wilt be sanctified in all who draw near unto thee, who doest not regard the sacrifice of fools, nor hear sinners who tread in thy courts, pardon, I beseech thee, my sins, remove them from thy presence, as far as the east is from the west, and accept of me for the merits of thy son Jesus Christ, that when I come into thy temple, and compass thine altar, my prayers may come before thee as incense; and as thou wouldst hear me calling upon thee in my prayers, so give me grace to hear thee calling on me in thy word, that it may be wisdom, righteousness, reconciliation and peace to the saving of my soul in the day of the Lord Jesus. Grant that I may hear it with reverence, receive it with meekness, mingle it with faith, and that it may accomplish in me, Gracious God, the good work for which thou has sent it. Bless my family, kindred, friends and country, be our God & guide this day and for ever for his sake, who lay down in the Grave and arose again for us, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.” – George Washington, Sunday Morning Prayer recorded in the Prayer Journal, an authentic, handwritten 24 page manuscript book, dated April 21-23, 1752; “George Washington, The Christian,” William J. Johnson, editor (New York: The Abingdon Press, 1919) pp. 24-25 –page 17, The Wisdom of George Washington, by Bill Bailey
Do those sound like the words of a non-Christian? Someone who does not believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ? How do you explain Washington’s plea that his sins might be forgiven through the merits of Jesus Christ?
There are several instances in that book where Washington invokes the Savior’s name. Again, these quotes are in The Wisdom of George Washington, by Bill Bailey, found on The Federalist Papers website.
One more jewel… I have long believed that the American history that I was taught in junior high and high school was revisionist at best, and progressive propaganda at worst. And the more I study the lives of these great men, the more I begin to lean toward the latter conclusion. You want a history book you can trust? One written before the Progressive Movement of the early 1900s?
Try this on for size… History of the American Revolution by Mercy Otis Warren, printed in 1805. Yeah, that was written when journalistic integrity was important. There may be minor mistakes in a text such as that. But I doubt you’re going to find any outright lies. You might take note of her name… Otis. Warren. If you know American History, you will recognize those.
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