Two weeks ago I attended a meeting in Washington DC in which Vice President Mike Pence made an address. Part of his brief speech encouraged us to pray for our country -- not for an agenda or cause, but our country. His welcome and encouraging words reminded me of this article I wrote several years ago about President Washington's faith in God's hand in the formation of the United States of America. Here is that article.
Among the founding fathers, one was respected above all. George Washington--the greatest American.
I think George Washington would frown today on the absence of God in our society and country. “Separation of Church and State,” the proponents yell. Lawsuits to remove a heritage of long-standing references to God continually arise, public prayer condemned, children’s faith mocked and stifled in public schools across the country--a never-ending list of faithlessness.
This on-going trend to remove God from our society and country is wrong. The independence of the United States was divinely blessed and its founders inspired to write the U.S. Constitution. The nation began with a premise of religious freedom. It was an institute that both believed in a Supreme being and protected the rights of its citizens to worship that Being the way they wanted. It would not and could not establish a state religion or force anyone to worship one.
It is clear from his history, Washington believed God’s hand was at the helm of this country and its Constitution. The following are quotes from George Washington on the topic:
“Without the beneficent interposition of the Supreme Ruler of the universe, we could not have reached the distinguished situation which we have attained with such unprecedented rapidity. To him, therefore, should we bow with gratitude and reverence, and endeavor to merit a continuance of his special favors. --To the General Assembly of Rhode Island. Fitzpatrick 35:431. (1797)
“It is not a little pleasing, nor less wonderful, to contemplate that after two years’ maneuvering and undergoing the strangest vicissitudes that perhaps ever attended any one contest since the creation, both armies are brought back to the very point they set out from, and that that which was the offending party in the beginning is now reduced to the use of the spade and pick-axe for defense. The hand of Providence has been so conspicuous in all this that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations. --To Thomas Nelson. Fitzpatrick 12:343. (1778)
“I am sure there 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.” --To John Armstrong. Fitzpatrick 32:2. (1792)
“It is indeed a pleasure, from the walks of private life, to view in retrospect all the meanderings of our past labors, the difficulties through which we have waded, and the fortunate haven to which the ship has been brought? Is it possible after this that it should founder? Will not the all-wise and all-powerful Director of human events preserve it? I think he will. He may, however (for wise purposes not discoverable by finite minds), suffer our indiscretions and folly to place our national character low in the political scale; and this, unless more wisdom and less prejudice take the lead in our governments, will most assuredly be the case. --To Jonathan Trumbull. Fitzpatrick 27:399. (1784)
On the Constitution. “We may, with a kind of pious and grateful exultation, trace the fingers of Providence through those dark and mysterious events which first induced the states to appoint a general convention, and then led them one after another...into an adoption of the system recommended by the that general convention, thereby, in all human probability, laying a lasting foundation for tranquility and happiness, when we had but too much reason to fear that confusion and misery were coming rapidly upon us. That the same good Providence may still continue to protect us, and prevent us from dashing the cup of national felicity just as it has been lifted to our lips, is [my] earnest prayer.” -- To Jonathan Trumbull. Fitzpatrick 30:22. (1788)
“By the miraculous care of Providence, that protected me beyond all human expectation, I had four bullets through my coat and two horses shot under me, and yet escaped unhurt.” -- To John Augustine Washington. Fitzpatrick 1:152. (1755)
“I am grateful to that Providence which has directed my steps, and shielded me through the various changes and chances through which I have passed, from my youth to the present moment.” --To Jonathan Trumbull. Fitzpatrick 5:390. (1776)
“A superintending Providence is ordering everything for the best, and...in due time all will end well.” --To Landon Carter. Fitzpatrick 9:454. (1777)
“I know the delicate nature of the duties incident to the part which I am called to perform; and I feel my incompetence, without the singular assistance of Providence, to discharge them in a satisfactory manner. -- To the citizens of Baltimore. Fitzpatrick 30:288. (1789)
Note: Quotes were pulled from: Parry, Allison Skousen, The Real George Washington: The True Story of America’s Most Indispensable Man. (National Center for Constitutional Studies, Fourth Printing, 2008)
A. Cory Maloy
A. Cory Maloy (R) was elected to the Utah House of Representatives for District 6 on Nov. 8, 2016