Today is not Presidents Day; it is the legal holiday designated by federal law as Washington's Birthday. There used to be a picture of George Washington hanging in every public school classroom. Somehow, those pictures were removed. So, it's up to us to remind ourselves and our children why we honor the American who is known as First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.
In recent years, we have seen a peculiar effort by the secularists and the atheists to debunk Washington and to deny that he was a Christian. That makes no sense because there is plenty of historical evidence that Washington was a man of strong religious faith who believed that religion is not only important but necessary in creating a citizenry that can live in freedom under self-government. Washington repeatedly ordered his troops to pray and to behave like Christians.
We should not be misled by the formality in the way he addressed God in public statements, using such terms as Providence, the Creator, the Supreme Being, and the Great Lord and Ruler of Nations. That was the formal language of times in which Washington lived. I bet that, in public, he always referred to his wife as Mrs. Washington rather than as Martha.
The liberals and secularists have tried to make Washington out to be only a deist. But deists do not believe in miracles or in the intervention of the Lord to help humans. Records show that Washington was lifelong member of the Anglican church, and he repeatedly implored God for "His protection and favor."
It's clear from Washington's recorded prayers that he prayed for the direct intervention of God to aid our victory for independence. And it's also clear that Washington believed that God did intervene to help the Americans attain victory at crucial times during our War of American Independence.
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