"…To the distinguished character of Patriot it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian."
Writing for the 700 Club, CBN's Richard Klien explores some of the ways God's hand has been evident in the life of George Washington and in the birthing of the United States of America. Then, Klien zeroes in on a particularly miraculous event that turned out to be quite the catalyst in swaying an American victory.
Klien recalls how, during the French and Indian War, George Washington "survived unscathed," although two of his horses were "shot out" from underneath him, and "four bullets [passed] through his coat."
He reports that while serving as General in the Continental Army, Washington shared his faith and convictions with his men in an order which was dated July 9, 1776, and which read, "General Washington hopes and trusts that every officer and man will endeavor to live, and act, as becomes a Christian soldier defending the dearest rights and liberties of his country. To the distinguished character of Patriot it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian." (Graphic: CBN.com)
The remarkable experience that Klien describes is what happened in August of 1776, when the British military, which had overtaken much of New York, seemed poised to overcome the Continental Army, fighting to uphold their newly declared independence.
A miraculous series of events transpired, from British commander General William Howe's failure to act, to inexplicably drastic weather phenomena, which allowed the surrounded General Washington and his troops to escape undetected and regroup; ultimately turning the tide for America's victory and establishment of an independent nation.
If you've never heard this amazing and true account, and even if you have, I encourage our readers to read the full article by Richard Klien (accessed from the link provided), and be inspired again by the "hand of Providence" on the birth of the United States of America.
As General, and later President George Washington so eloquently stated, "I was but the humble agent of a favoring Heaven, Whose benign influence was so often manifested in our behalf, and to Whom the praise of victory alone is due."