George Washington, Faith, and Freedom

George Washington was the first president of the United States of America, called the father of the country.  So, on this independence day let’s look and see what set him apart.  Here are some things said about Mr. Washington.

“Mr. Lewis said he had accidentally witnessed [Washington’s] private devotions in his library both morning and evening; that on these occasions he had seen him in a kneeling position with a Bible open before him and that he believed such to have been his daily practice.” – Jared Sparks

“We know that the Washingtons tried to practice anonymous charity even when it would have been politically expedient to advertise it loudly.  Washington’s secretary, Tobias Lear, recorded hundreds of individuals, churches, and other charities that, unbeknownst to the public, benefited from presidential largesse.  Even leftovers from the executive mansion were transferred to a prison for need inmates.” – Chernow

“[Washington’s] example is now complete, and it will teach wisdom and virtue to magistrates, citizens and men, not only in the present age, but in future generations, as long as our history shall be read.” – John Adams

These truths spoken of this man are significant in regards to his moral behavior and his spiritual disciplines.  Use this day as a reminder to pray for our governmental leaders that they might choose to follow through with these same sort of behaviors.

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