"Statesmen... may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand." -John Adams. What does it mean to be a nation "under God"? Where have we been as a nation, and where are we going? Using unforgettable accounts of both famous and little-known Americans, Under God tells the stories of men and women of faith who forged our nation. Against these stories of light, the authors also examine the dark side of America's legacy so that a new generation might seek God's face and avoid repeating the sins of the past, for it is only under God that there will truly be "liberty and justice for all."
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Toby Mac is a member of dc Talk, an award-winning solo artist, and one of the authors of the multimillion-selling Jesus Freaks and Jesus Freaks II. He has sold more than seven million albums, won four Grammy awards, and multiple Dove awards. Toby cofounded ERACE, a racial conciliation foundation, and is also the founder of Gotee Records. He grew up just outside of Washington, D.C., and he and his family currently live in Tennessee. For more about Toby go to www.tobymac.com. Michael Tait is a member of dc Talk and also his award-winning band, Tait. He has sold more than seven million albums, won four Grammy awards, and multiple Dove awards. He is also an author of the bestselling Jesus Freaks and Jesus Freaks II. Michael co-founded ERACE, a racial conciliation foundation. He grew up four blocks from the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and currently lives in Tennessee. For more about Michael go to www.taitband.com. WallBuilders is an organization dedicated to the restoration of the constitutional, moral, and religious foundation on which America was built. Founded by David Barton, they are dedicated to educating the nation concerning the godly foundation of our country; providing information to federal, state, and local officials as they develop public policy; and encouraging citizens to be involved in their communities. For more about WallBuilders go to www.wallbuilders.com.
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The French and Indian War: Account of a British Officer
July 9, 1755
The American Indian chief looked scornfully at the soldiers on the field before him. How foolish it was to fight as they did, forming their perfect battle lines out in the open, standing shoulder to shoulder in their bright red uniforms. The British soldiers-trained for European war-did not break rank, even when braves fired at them from under the safe cover of the forest. The slaughter continued for two hours. By then 1,000 of 1,459 British soldiers were killed or wounded, while only 30 of the French and Indian warriors firing at them were injured.
Not only were the soldiers foolish, but their officers were just as bad. Riding on horseback, fully exposed above the men on the ground, they made perfect targets. One by one, the chief’s marksmen shot the mounted British officers until only one remained.
"Quick, let your aim be certain and he dies," the chief commanded. The warriors leveled their rifles at the last officer on horseback. Round after round was aimed at this one man. Twice the officer’s horse was shot out from under him. Twice he grabbed a horse left idle when a fellow officer had been shot down. Ten, twelve, thirteen rounds were fired by the sharpshooters. Still, the officer remained unhurt.
The native warriors stared at him in disbelief. Their rifles seldom missed their mark. The chief suddenly realized that a mighty power must be shielding this man. "Stop firing!" he commanded. "This one is under the special protection of the Great Spirit." A brave standing nearby added, "I had seventeen clear shots at him…and after all could not bring him to the ground. This man was not born to be killed by a bullet."
As the firing slowed, the lieutenant colonel gathered the remaining troops and led the retreat to safety. That evening, as the last of the wounded were being cared for, the officer noticed an odd tear in his coat. It was a bullet hole! He rolled up his sleeve and looked at his arm directly under the hole. There was no mark on his skin. Amazed, he took off his coat and found three more holes where bullets had passed through his coat but stopped before they reached his body.
Nine days after the battle, having heard a rumor of his own death, the young lieutenant colonel wrote his brother to confirm that he was still very much alive.
As I have heard since my arrival at this place, 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!
This battle, part of the French and Indian War, was fought on July 9, 1755, near Fort Duquesne, now the city of Pittsburgh. The twenty-three-year-old officer went on to become the commander in chief of the Continental Army and the first president of the United States. In all the years that followed in his long career, this man, George Washington, was never once wounded in battle.
Fifteen years later, in 1770, George Washington returned to the same Pennsylvania woods. A respected Indian chief, having heard that Washington was in the area, traveled a long way to meet with him.
He sat down with Washington, and face-to-face over a council fire, the chief told Washington the following:
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 forests 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 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 shall soon be gathered to the great council fire of my fathers in the land of the 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.
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This story of God’s divine protection and of Washington’s open gratitude could be found in virtually all school textbooks until 1934. Now few Americans have read it. Washington often recalled this dramatic event that helped shape his character and confirm God’s call on his life.
Though a thousand fall at your
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
Psalm 91:7 NLT
Table of ContentsTABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Bulletproof: The French and Indian War-Account of a British Officer Worship in the Capitol
2. A Declaration of Dependence...Upon God: The Signing of the Declaration of Independence
3. A Time for War: Peter Muhlenberg "Give 'Em Watts, Boys!"
4. His Sons-Captured!: Abraham Clark Anthony Benezet Father of American Abolitionism
5. Benjamin Who?: Benjamin Rush
6. Saved by the Fog: Evacuation of Long Island George Duffield, Patriot Preacher
7. Giving Credit Where It's Due: Robert Morris, Samuel Adams-A Man Devoted to a Cause
8. Gifted: Phillis Wheatley
9. Into the Presence: First Continental Congress
10. Out of the Jaws of the Wicked: William and Ellen Craft The History of Juneteenth
11. "Unless You Kill Me": John Prentiss "Print" Matthews
12. Pirating the Planter: Robert Smalls Henry Highland Garnet
13. Tired of Giving In: Rosa Parks
14. In a Class of Only One: Ruby Bridges The Road to Desegregation
15. A Special Instrument Sent of God: Tisquantum-"Squanto" Native American Contributions to the Government
16. A Covenanted People: The Pilgrims' Landing at Cape Cod Jamestown
17. Government by the Gospel: Plymouth, Massachusetts
18. No Justice: C. J. Miller The Jim Crow Era and Black Codes
19. Innocent Blood Cries Out: Ida B. Wells-Barnett Lynchings by Race and Year (1882-1960)
20. Freedom's Railroad: Harriet Tubman The Underground Railroad
21. "Don't Let Them Have Him!": Charles Nalle and Harriet Tubman
22. Begin Again: Bridget "Biddy" Mason Revivals in War and Peace
23. Crazy Bet: Elizabeth Van Lew
24. They Tried to Forget: Duluth, Minnesota
25. The Holy Experiment: William Penn State Constitutions
26. Defender of the Union: Daniel Webster The Star-Spangled Banner
27. One Life to Lose: Nathan Hale Did You Know? and Laus Deo
28. Empowered to Persuade: Patrick Henry
29. With Regrets: Benedict Arnold
30. The United Cry of the Nation: Abraham Lincoln The Gettysburg Address
31. Turning Point: Isabella Baumfree- "Sojourner Truth" Three Remarkable Women
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