“[T]o the manifest interposition of an overruling Providence and to the patriotic exertions of United America, are to be ascribed those events, which have given us a respectable rank among the nations of the earth.
“We have abundant reason to rejoice, that, in this land, the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition, and that every person may here worship God according to the dictates of his own heart. In this enlightened Age, and in this land of equal liberty, it is our boast, that a man’s religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the laws, nor deprive him of the right of attaining and holding the highest offices that are known in the United States.
“Your prayers for my present and future felicity are received with gratitude; and I sincerely wish, Gentlemen, that you may in your social and individual capacities taste those blessings, which a gracious God bestows upon the righteous.”*
President Washington not only claimed that God’s Providential intervention led to American Exceptionalism but also that religious liberty is a mark of America’s greatness, and that is another lost episode in American history.
Read and Reflect: Read Psalm 116:5 and reflect on the description of the character and nature of God and compare that with the same in President Washington’s letter.
Prayer: Gracious are you, O LORD. You are righteous and merciful. We are grateful for your overruling Providence and the patriotic exertions that won our freedom. May we live lives worthy of your grace and the efforts of our forefathers, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
*Source Citation: Jared Sparks, ed., The Writings of George Washington: Being His Correspondence, Addresses, Messages, and Other Papers, Official and Private, Selected and Published from the Original Manuscripts, with a Life of the Author, 12 vols. (Boston: American Stationer’s Company, 1837), 12:202.