Forgotten history of George Washington

Published 12:46 pm Tuesday, February 14, 2023

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To the Editor:
Wednesday, February 22, is George Washington’s birthday. In the past it was a separate national holiday. Now Washington’s birthday is honored along with the other Presidents on President’s Day which is celebrated on Monday, Feb. 20, this year.
An encyclopedia said, “In the history of the world no man has done more to help any country than Washington did to help America.” As we celebrate Washington’s birthday it would be good to reflect on some of the wise things he said and believed in. Washington warned against national debt. If we had listened to Washington we could have had a great economy instead of one where the price of everything is going up. The price of a little bread will soon cost a day’s pay. George Washington also correctly said immigration shouldn’t be encouraged. Washington promoted Christianity. In his speech on May 12, 1779, Washington claimed what children needed to learn above all was the religion of Jesus Christ.
The forgotten history of George Washington is the fact Washington was a dedicated Christian who gave God the credit for his success and for protecting him. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Marshall said, “Washington was a sincere believer in the Christian faith, and a truly devout man.” Both Washington’s nephew and adopted daughter said Washington had daily prayer in his library both morning and evening and was seen kneeling with a Bible open before him. Tim LaHaye said, “that Washington was a devout believer in Jesus and had accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior is demonstrated by reading his 24-page personal prayer book written in his own handwriting.” Also, a slogan of Washington’s men was “no king but King Jesus.”
Historians say Washington almost froze to death once and almost drowned once. Washington told how God protected him during a battle. It happened before the Revolutionary War while Washington was fighting in the French and Indian wars. In one battle, four bullets passed through his coat and two horses were shot out from under him, yet he was unhurt. Years later, Washington met an Indian who he had fought during that battle who said he had shot at Washington 14 times and then gave up shooting at him because he believed God was protecting him.
The Weather Channel had a special where they said the weather saved Washington and his army on more then one occasion. A thick fog saved him and his army. God controls the weather so God saved Washington and his army. God put a hedge around Washington. We should pray God puts a hedge around Tennessee and brings revival to Tennessee. Experts at reported the safest states for tidal waves and all earth changes are Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia which are pro-life states.
The Bible teaches it’s important to remember history. The most important thing to remember is Jesus died for our sin and arose from the dead. Jesus says Christians should take the Lord’s Supper to remember His sacrifice. Proverbs 22:28 says, “remove not the ancient landmarks, which thy fathers have set.” Elizabethton has been blessed because we didn’t remove the Covered Bridge built in 1882. The history books need to take into account the large part played by Christianity in American government. The decisions of our first president affects us even today and he deserves to be remembered.
We are in debt to George Washington and our other founding fathers. We owe the most to Jesus for protecting and guiding them. Put your trust in Jesus and let Jesus forgive your past and change your future! Ultimately everything good we have or ever will have we owe to Jesus our Lord and Savior and soon coming King!

D.D. Nave

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