In moments of imminent danger facing our nation, American believers, with faith in Almighty God, have been the light andhope of our republic. Thankfully, our American Founders were not like the atheist leaders of the French Revolution who drowned the Christian leaders of France by the thousands in the Seine River.
In contrast, the strength of the Founders was their “true alliance between Politics and Religion.... They invoked God in their civil assemblies, called upon their chosen teachers of religion for counsel from the Bible, and recognized its precepts as the law of their public conduct. The fathers did not divorce Politics and Religion, but they denounced the separation as ungodly.”
A brief look back at the darkest days of the American Revolution can give us hope today as we struggle against multiple armies and ideologies, both without and within.
By the fall of 1777, George Washington and America’s one-year-old republic were on the verge of total defeat at the hands of the most powerful empire in the world, the British Empire. The Continental Army had been chased across New York and New Jersey for a year after they had lost New York City in August 1776. In Pennsylvania, on September 11th, 1777, Washington’s army was defeated at Brandywine. That was followed by another defeat on September 21st. The British were now about to take Philadelphia, the colonies’ biggest city. To make matters worse, another British army was marching on New England from Canada under General John Burgoyne. What was left of Washington’s army was soon going to be exiled for the winter on the desolate, frozen hills overlooking the village of Valley Forge.
As the British were approaching Philadelphia the Continental Congress was forced to flee to York, about one hundred miles to the west. Of the fifty-six delegates who had signed the Declaration of Independence the year before, only twenty remained present at Congress.