The Air Force has just taken “So Help Me God” out of the oath of enlistment. God will give them exactly what they have decided they wanted. In a time of trouble, God will not help them. Unfortunately when leadership fails, the innocent are hurt. If I had Christian children of enlistment age, I would have them choose another branch of service.
The military can point to a number of occasions when a battle turned on one miraculous moment. Whole wars are won and lost on divine intervention, and it has been true throughout the ages. Here is one such story of George Washington taken from “The Real American History”.
Washington was undaunted in his task, bravely going to and fro amidst the shower of musket balls, trying to rally his troops. But in spite of his bravery and reckless courage, he could not stem the tide. At the same time, God's hand can be seen protecting George Washington while he was busy going back and forth across the battle field completely exposed, carrying out General Braddock's orders. One soldier observing Washington stated: "I expected every moment to see him fall. Nothing but the superintending care of Providence could have saved him."
Indians testified later, that they had singled him out, but their bullets had no effect on him. They were convinced that an invisible Power was protecting him.
Washington had two horses shot out from under him, and four bullet holes in his coat. Yet he himself was untouched by bullet, bayonet, tomahawk, or arrow. Scores of victims had fallen beside him, yet he went unharmed. He had been protected by God's hand! Every other mounted officer had been slain!
Eventually Braddock was mortally wounded in the side, and fell. When this occurred all the British troops fled in confusion. Washington gathered up what was left of the Virginia men, barely 30 of them, the injured General, and proceeded to cover the retreating British; He left all the baggage, weapons, provisions, cattle, and horses behind for the enemy to plunder. General Braddock died three days later.
It was the most lopsided battle in American history. 714 British soldiers had been killed, 37 wounded. 26 officers out of 86 were killed, and 37 wounded. Only 30 men and 3 officers were killed, of the French and Indians!
Upon Washington's return to Fort Cumberland (120 miles from the battle scene), he wrote a letter to his mother to allay any fears she would have, as news of the rout had preceded them. On the same day (July 18, 1755) he also wrote to his brother, John A. Washington:
"As I have heard since my arrival at this place [Fort Cumberland], a circumstantial account of my death and dying speech, I take this early opportunity of contradicting the first, and of assuring you that I have not as yet composed the latter. But, by the all-powerful dispensations of Providence, I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation; for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me, yet escaped unhurt, although death was leveling my companions on every side of me!"
But wait, it gets even better. 15 years later, an old respected Indian Chief sought out council with Washington, when he heard that he was in the area. Through an interpreter he explained that he had set out on a long journey to meet Washington personally, and to speak to him about the battle 15 years earlier. He said:
"I am a chief and ruler over my tribes. My influence extends to the waters of the great lakes and to the far Blue Mountains. I have traveled a long and weary path that I might see the young warrior of the great battle. It was on the day when the white man's blood mixed with the streams of our forest that I first beheld this chief [Washington]. I called to my young men and said, mark yon tall and daring warrior? He is not of the red-coat tribe--he hath an Indian's wisdom, and his warriors fight as we do--himself is alone exposed. Quick, let your aim be certain, and he dies.
Our rifles were leveled, rifles which, but for you, knew not how to miss--'twas all in vain, a power mightier far than we, shielded you. Seeing you were under the special guardianship of the Great Spirit, we immediately ceased to fire at you. I am old and soon shall be gathered to the great council fire of my fathers in the land of shades, but ere I go, there is something bids me speak in the voice of prophecy. Listen! The Great Spirit protects that man [pointing at Washington], and guides his destinies--he will become the chief of nations, and a people yet unborn will hail him as the founder of a mighty empire. I am come to pay homage to the man who is the particular favorite of Heaven, and who can never die in battle."
This is an AMAZING account of God's divine protection over George Washington!!
Ps 71:12 O God, be not far from me; O my God, make haste to help me!
Is 50:7 But the Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame.
As for me and my family, we will always pledge “So Help Me God”.
Published on Saturday, September 20, 2014 @ 4:18 AM CDT