Depending on your Point of View…

In my reading and studies of our nation’s beginnings, I am frequently struck by an angle or viewpoint that may not be the one usually pursued.

It is said that there are two sides to every story, right? (Personally, I maintain there are at least three…!) Have you ever considered viewing the American rebellion years leading to the events of 1776 from the perspective of the English monarchy? Not, of course, that England was in the right – it just makes for, may I say, an interesting approach. From our viewpoint, perhaps ‘absurd’ would be a better word, in light of where America stands today… I just find it intriguing how a situation, or an individual, can be perceived so very differently by those involved, or by on-lookers, based on…based on what? Needs? Desires? Duty? How we can be so absolutely certain of a thing, but time may soon tell us that we were mistaken…

Of course, we want to be sure, we want to be certain…it can be uncomfortable and unsettling, if not down-right hard, to be unsure of what one believes, or what one should do. Decisions eventually must be made, action must be taken at some point. One cannot waffle forever. So how do we know? Often, we don’t. Then it becomes, whether minute or major, a risk. Risk can be scary. To move forward, risking, invites bolstering one’s self with the certainty of the belief motivating the risk. So we’re back at Square One! Do we refuse doubt? That can be foolhardy…but if we don’t…can we move forward?

At that point, I might dig into my mental pocket and pull out Scriptures, a favorite being “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5, KJV) This can be difficult to do, though! And when the building still falls down around you, then what? That’s where the business of your own “understanding” needs to be re-evaluated. Your and my idea of loss, defeat or even disaster, and our reactions to these things, are probably not the way God is looking at it. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.” (Isaiah 55:8, KJV)

George III, King of England during those early Revolutionary years, believed God was on his side. He believed this with all his heart. Consequently, it only made sense that England should and would triumph. How wrong was that assumption!

Conversely, Americans came to see George III’s rule as being any number of cruel, unjust and tyrannical elements, deliberately being applied to deprive them of the freedoms and the life which they wanted. There could be no justification for being bowed down by them, enslaved to them…yet the King could see no justification for the colonies not being subjected to him and his rule. On July 5, 1775, one year plus one day before the signing of our Declaration of Independence, King George III made his own declaration, in a letter to his Prime Minister, that “no consideration” would cause him to “depart from the present path which I think myself in duty-bound to follow.” ( John Fortescue, ed., Correspondence of King George III ) He would “trust to Providence” as he followed this course, “compelling obedience” from the colonists.

(David McCullough, 1776)

The English monarch did not want to war against his own subjects. Addressing Parliament at the Palace of Westminster, in October of 1775, the King explained that he had hoped to prevent the bloodshed and calamity “inseparable from a state of war”, and expressed his desire for the people in America to recognize that being a member of British society, being his subject, was to be the “freest member of any civil society in the known world.” ( William Cobbett, The Parliamentary History of England from the Earliest Period to the Year 1803) Ah, but we have come to know better…

In his speech that day, the English monarch used phraseology that put me in mind of words from our first President, George Washington, the leader of truly the freest civil society in the known world. Speaking of the “fatal effects” (to his realm) of American success in achieving independence, King George presented a picture of the British nation as one abundantly blessed by God, favored, vigorous in growth and prosperity, of which the colonies were a part as well as a result. Washington, in unused Inaugural notes, (cited in my sidebar) spoke of Divine favor and abundant blessing and resources burgeoning upon our continent, bestowed for the emerging young nation of America to do that very thing, emerge! The similarity in the sound of the words is, however, disrupted by a singular difference: George III was more than loathe to relinquish the colonies, whereas Washington saw the “salutary consequence of which shall flow to another Hemisphere & extend through the interminable series of ages…{he anticipated} the blessed effects which our Revolution will occasion in the rest of the world…”

I have done more reading than most about George Washington, and from that, I know that he trusted to Providence. King George, as referenced above, trusted to Providence as well. Both men were key leaders, one way or another, who believed absolutely in their cause, even more so as that cause reached crisis level. Yet only one led to the victory desired, the triumph most precious of freedom won. As my regular readers know, and my blog title explains, I see the hand of God in America’s beginnings. Obviously I would believe that it was His will that brought to pass this victory, though not easily, nor without great suffering and bloodshed. Yes, I do believe that American victory was Divinely intended in this Revolutionary War. But I see another principle here, resident within that intention. Though “… sincerely believ{ing} he was defending Britain’s constitution against usurpers…” (Conservapedia) , George III, the King was fighting as well to HOLD ON to property and wealth. He fought for the tangibles. George Washington, the General fought for so much more than that – though tangibles were definitely a part of the Revolutionary cause, that army fought for the intangible. They fought for liberty. Their fight was for the unseen, and “…the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)

Eternity marched with Washington’s troops.

Surrender of the Hessians to General Washington



3 responses to “Depending on your Point of View…

  1. This reminds me of the Scripture: "The horse is prepared for battle, but the Lord gives the victory."George III prepared for battle, George Washington prepared for battle, but the Lord gave the victory to the Americans. Over the next two hundred years, the world has benefitted from the American victory in the Revolutionary War. Look at all the nations that have been liberated by the United States, Great Britain and their allies from oppression and tyranny: Nazi tyrants, Communist tyrants and Muslim tyrants.Thank you, Lord, and thank you, George Washington, for what transpired before, during and after the American Revolution.It is much easier for a free man to liberate a slave than a slave to free a slave. The Israelites could have taken the Promised Land soon after leaving Egypt, but they still had a slave mentality. Because of the sin of unbelief, they wandered in the wilderness for forty years till they could enter into the Promised Land.I would rather be dead than be a slave of Naziism, Communism (American style Obama-Marxist mega government) or the Muslim "faith."On New Hampshire license plates you can read: "Live Free or Die."

  2. "The horse is prepared for battle, but the Lord gives the victory." Reminds me of, unless the Lord build the house, or keep the city, right?"…or the Muslim "faith." Just want to clarify here, you're referring to radical extremism.Good point about a slave mentality…makes me think…Yes, "Live Free or Die", I think Martin Luther King was the one who said something like, Unless you believe in something enough to die for it, you aren't really living…in these times now, with what I'm hearing/reading about the HC Reform bill, & seeing horrendous potential for loss of freedom, I think I've finally understood that. Life without our freedom is no life to save.

  3. Reblogged this on Jesus, the Revolution & You and commented:

    On this Memorial Day, 2013, I had occasion to re-read this post from May, 2009. Though a bit wordy, I decided to reblog it today.

    May the mighty God continue to bless the United States of America, always imparting His mind and wisdom to our leaders.

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