Washington’s Leadership—and America’s Moral Dilemma
Biblical Christianity is necessary for the improvement of our nation's moral dilemma. In fact, not only is Biblical Christianity important, it must be applied in a personal way and shared with others. The current state of our country hinges on God's people following His directions with the Gospel. Without the moral standard of Scripture, man leaves decision-making to chance and circumstance. Congress must think of the future when making decisions because those changes will affect upcoming generations. These generations need to stand on the shoulders of their fathers, rather than dig from the holes left by fiscal deficits and immoral decisions.
Our country's leadership is representing the lack of Biblical morality in their proposals and legislation, but the price is too great for us to stand aside. Our representatives in Washington, as well as our local legislators, must hear our voices for moral absolutes and standards. Those standards are only found in God's Word. Our founding fathers understood the necessity of standing on absolute principles when they established the democratic republic that we know today.
President George Washington, the only man unanimously chosen to be President of the United States, stood above his fellow countrymen both in stature and in character. The Congressional representatives from all aspects of the political spectrum voted together to establish him as the President. Voting was not dependent on party lines yet, and although disagreements abounded in that group, Washington's character positioned him as the best person for the job.
Most Americans no longer deem character a desirable trait. Unfortunately, most people try to do whatever they can get away with in any particular situation. When is the last time someone left a note on a car after scratching it? To its detriment, American society no longer values character, but this creates the perfect opportunity for Christians to shine even brighter as beacons for moral standards and ultimately for Jesus Christ. Following the commands of "be ye kind," "rejoice evermore," and "love thy neighbor as thyself" will enable you to share Christ's love to others who do not know or understand Him.
Although other good men stood in that chamber who would one day also become President, even those men all deemed Washington to be the fittest to lead.
Patrick Henry said: "If you speak of solid information and sound judgment, Washington is unquestionably the greatest man of them all."
Leading American historian of the 19th century George Bancroft said of Washington: "His qualities were so faultlessly proportioned that the whole people rather claimed him as its choicest representative, the most complete expression of all its attainments and aspirations."
Thomas Jefferson observed: "His integrity was the most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known, . . . no motives of interest or consanguinity, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision."
These founding fathers believed that George Washington's character was the key to his leadership ability. Having come out from under the reign of England's King George III, these men knew first-hand how important it was to have a leader whose practices matched his speech. Each of them voted, unanimously deciding that Washington would serve as America's first President.
Unfortunately, our culture no longer sees character, morality, or judgment as admirable traits. When you look at the violence, immorality, and other nonsense that is popularized by television, we see our culture acting out what they see. Television is not the primary blame for society's actions, but it is a telling sign of how America thinks. America's founders, however, understood the importance of solid judgment and righteous action.
Revisionist historians have painted Washington as simply a moral man who believed in a higher power, a deist, but historical documents show that he believed in a personal God. In his recorded prayers, President Washington acknowledges Jesus Christ as his Savior:
SUNDAY EVENING . . . O most Glorious God, in Jesus Christ my merciful and loving Father, I acknowledge and confess my guilt, in the weak and imperfect performance of the duties of this day. I have called on Thee for pardon and forgiveness of sins . . . Let me live according to those holy rules which Thou hast this day prescribed in Thy holy word....
Continue Thy goodness to me this night. These weak petitions, I humbly implore Thee to hear, accept and answer for the sake of Thy Dear Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
MONDAY MORNING . . . O eternal God, . . . direct my thoughts, words and work, wash away my sins in the immaculate Blood of the Lamb, and purge my heart by Thy Holy Spirit. . . Daily frame [shape] me more and more into the likeness of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, that living in Thy fear, and dying in Thy favor, I may in Thy appointed time attain the resurrection of the just unto eternal life.
This is a portion of Washington's prayers, and in it he professes to understand the Gospel message. Washington's petitions asking God for daily help dispel any rumors of a deist philosophy. He believed in a God who was interested and active in his life. He understood God was sovereign over all things, and he lived, the best he could, according to the tenets of Scripture.
President Washington showed evidence of moral convictions early in his life. As leader of the military forces, he commanded his troops that they should not engage themselves in blasphemy, alcohol abuse, or gambling "to implore the blessing of Heaven upon the means used for our safety and defense." Washington wanted to make sure that those under his command would live honorable, moral lives.
Biblical morality is under attack in America. Because the Scriptures hold fast to unchanging principles, citizens claim that it is "old-fashioned" or "behind the times," and they wish to dismiss its convicting tones. But the Bible never returns void. The steadfast convictions, authoritative principles, and undeniable truths resounding from its pages will never fade away.
Although judges, legislators, and now citizens by popular vote are chipping away at the moral foundations of America, we know that our sovereign God holds all things in His hands. Our nation's founders staked their lives, many sacrificing them, on the belief that God protected and enabled them to establish this United States. As we stand as Christians in 2013, let us shine boldly as salt and light for Christ in both our speech and in our moral actions. We ought to walk in the Spirit, asking daily for God to illuminate our footsteps as we endeavor to serve Him with our lives.
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