I just started reading a new book and came across a quote that really touched me.
The quote from a letter George Washington wrote to the Governors of the newly independent USA. It was written as the commanding officer of the army that was being disbanded, he had not been elected president:
I now make it my earnest prayer that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection; that he would incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow-citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for brethren who have served in the field; and finally that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind, which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation.
He prayed for them…
He prayed for peace, brotherly love, justice, mercy, and humility. Why? Because without these our nation would not find happiness. He prayed that we, as a people, would emulate Jesus Christ (the Divine Author of our blessed religion).
George Washington was a statesman and a soldier. He was also a devout Christian who prayed for his men, his nation and even his opponents. He was exactly the type of man we need today.
Some say we need a strong Christian as our next President. I would not argue that point. However, what we need is a nation of men (and women) who share George Washington’s faith and principles.
Some will find and point out flaws in his character. He was not perfect, he was only a man. He made mistakes and sinned against others and against God. But I ask you this, how mighty and virtuous would we be as a nation if we could all try emulate Jesus Christ in our daily lives and live by the convictions of our faith…as George Washington did?