The Founding Father
In school, we were taught that George Washington was the founding father of our country. In my elementary school, his picture was hanging on our classroom wall. There he was, white wig and all. As a child, I was very impressed. I still am. He was a great man, a man of faith, a man who would not back down in the face of insurmountable odds. We need more people like that.
But, from an adult perspective, I’m not sure that the right father’s name is on the birth certificate of this nation. I actually believe God is the founding father of America. I believe America was His idea. The Pilgrims came for religious freedom. Others came to escape suppression, to find a place where they could live in freedom. You see, freedom is God’s idea. Galatians 5:1 says, ” It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” NASB
Rev. Robert Hunt, the first Chaplain of the expedition that founded Jamestown, planted a cross in April 29, 1607 at Cape Henry, declaring what I believe is the destiny of America. He said, “…from these very shores the Gospel shall go forth to not only this New World, but the entire world.” (www. nps.com)
This nation has a purpose, a purpose that will not be thwarted by those who seek to steer this country away from its Divine destiny. We are “one nation under God.” We were birthed in the pain of war; we struggled through devastating times to overthrow slavery, to bring forth “freedom and justice for all.” Now let us stand firm, knowing our heritage, knowing our birth Father, knowing our destiny. Let us never lose the ancient path chosen for us by the One who gave us life. When I look at the birth certificate of this country, the constitution of the United States, I see the DNA of our Heavenly Father. A father is a defender, a protector, a provider. May we continue to live under His protection and provision. “In God, we trust.”