One Nation Under God

1776 David McCulloughI just recently finished reading 1776 by David McCullough. For those who haven’t read it, it is an amazingly well written account of the beginning years of the American Revolution. The amount of respect and admiration I have for our founding fathers multiplied exponentially with each chapter, especially George Washington.

One thought that constantly made an impression on me is how much the hand of God was in the formation of this country. Countless times during the book (which only covers about two years of the total 7 years of the war), McCullough commented on how random or seemingly unpredictable circumstances helped the Americans achieve victory over the British forces. For example, as the American forces set up camp on Dorchester Heights in order to reclaim Boston, a heavy fog rolled in, completely obscuring their movement from enemy watches. Washington Crossing the DelawareWhile defending New York City, if the wind had shifted to the northwest, the British fleets would have been able to sail up the Hudson and easily wipe out the American army, but it never did. Even the seemingly devastating capture of the American General Lee worked to the advantage of America, because it emboldened Washington to more fully take command of the army, which allowed him to make the daring and vital crossing of the Delaware and take Trenton.

America should not have won the revolutionary war. Great Britain was the world’s superpower, and America was a dis-connected group of colonies with no fighting experience and little material support. It would be like Puerto Rico winning a war against America today. I believe that God’s hand was directly involved in the formation of this free nation.

e3d54c88b6b754eda808c32ab2a41ef6On this day especially, as we remember the lives lost in the horrific attacks 14 years ago, let us also remember that we are “one nation under God.” God is responsible for the creation of America. Let’s stop trying to push Him out of our lives.

“Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:

God is not dead, nor doth he sleep.”

May God Bless America.

5 thoughts on “One Nation Under God

  1. I really enjoyed 1776. Amazing how often we were hanging on by a thread. You might like “Founding Brothers” by Joseph J. Ellis. It is an interesting study of eight of America’s founders, Adams, Burr, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison and Washington and how their lives entangled during our nation’s formation.

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  2. I love David McCullough I have not read this one but it will be on my TBR list. I read his latest The Wright Brothers That was an awesome read and they are my new heroes. If you like historical reads Jeff Shaara also writes great stories. Have read many of his works. His father Michael wrote Killer of my all time favorites

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  3. I haven’t heard of the book but it sounds powerful in this culture of PC which seems to want to bring down the historical fact that our nation, America, was founded as a nation under God. You have presented a great blog, TJ. Enjoyed the reminder.


  4. We love our country too! Thanks for sharing 1776 with us and reminding us of the sacrifice of our forefathers and the hand of God to save this great country! Good blog, TJ!


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