Liberals have found it necessary to eradicate as much of America’s early history as possible. A thorough examination of the thoughts and behavior of our forefathers reveal that the cause of war is much the same now as it was then. Some background that does not appear in any public school textbook is beneficial.
Arriving in Cambridge late on July 2nd, George Washington took official command of the army the following day. In contrast to Bill Clinton’s endorsement of the “don’t ask; don’t tell” policy, Washington’s first official order, issued on July 4, 1775, read: “The General most earnestly requires and expects a due observance of those articles of war established for the government of the army, which forbid profane cursing, swearing, and drunkenness. And in like manner he requires and expects of all officers and soldiers, not engaged in actual duty, a punctual attendance on Divine service, to implore the blessing of Heaven upon the means used for our safety and defense.”
Five days later the Commander in Chief fired off another “religious” directive: “The honorable Continental Congress, having been pleased to allow a chaplain to each regiment, with the pay of thirty-three and one third dollars per month, the colonels or commanding offices of each regiment are directed to procure chaplains –accordingly persons of good character and exemplary lives --- to see that all inferior officers and soldiers pay them suitable respect, and attend carefully upon religious exercises. The blessing and protection of Heaven are at all times necessary, but especially is it in times of public distress and danger. The General hopes and trusts that every officer and man will endeavor so to live and act as becomes a Christian soldier, defending the dearest rights and liberties of his country.”
That such a spiritual standard was being established by America’s political and military leaders is highly reflective of the sustained influence of her dedicated clergy. Within a week of Washington’s arrival, President Langdon of Harvard College was appointed to preach the election sermon for 1775. Langdon utilized Isaiah 1:26 for his text: “And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning; afterward thou shalt be called The city of righteousness, the faithful city.” After recounting the many disasters that had befallen them, he reaffirmed that the real battle was over the legitimacy of Biblical Christianity: “If God be for us, who can be against us? The enemy has reproached us for calling on his name, and professing our trust in him. They have made a mock of our solemn fasts and every appearance of Christianity in the land. On this account, by way of contempt, they call us saints, while their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. And may we not be confident that the Most High who regards these things will vindicate his own honor, and plead our righteous cause against such enemies to his government as well as to our liberties. O may our camp be free from every accursed thing. May we be truly a holy people, and all our towns and cities of righteousness.” As the sermon progressed, it only intensified, leaving no doubt about Dr. Langdon’s sentiments. He believed the British were indeed the enemy of America and God.
President Langdon’s sermon was predicated upon actual present circumstances. At that very moment, the British troops were using the auditorium of the Old South Church as a horse stable, much to the disgust of Boston’s God-fearing citizenry. A deacon’s pew had been chopped up to provide wood for a pigsty.
To ignore the religious underpinnings of the conflict is tantamount to avoidance of reality…something the Left is exceptionally good at. The deep concern for spiritual liberty was reflected in hundreds of preserved letters and article. Eight days after the First Continental Congress convened, the Suffolk county representatives of the Warren Association of Baptist Churches in Massachusetts affirmed: “This county, confiding in the wisdom and integrity of the Continental congress, now sitting in Philadelphia, will pay all due respect and submission to such measures as may be recommended by them to the colonies, for the restoration and establishment of our just rights, civil and religious.” On June 12, 1776, the Virginia Declaration of Independence was passed with the all-important inclusion of Article XVI which set forth the Biblical distinctive of soul liberty as the cornerstone of Virginia’s government.
“That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and, therefore, that all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love and charity toward each other.”
The Colonists knew Britain wanted to impose a one size fits all state religion on her subjects, but the Patriots wanted no part of it. Their belligerent convictions resulted in a national Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Fast-forward 241 years and the similarities are alarming….a government religion of humanism fraught with political correctness is being forced upon us. The only difference is the purveyors of this eventual shipwreck are more subtle and sophisticated. Remember the wolves in sheep’s clothing…they took up residence in Harvard and like institutions.