The Measure Of The Man

George Washington was ready to sacrifice his life and personal property for the sake of his country. How many politicians today are looking after the affairs of our country with the same detachment?
President George W. Bush shakes hands with General George Washington, played by actor Dean Malissa, following President Bush’s address at the Mount Vernon Estate, Monday, Feb. 19, 2007 in Mount Vernon, Va., honoring Washington’s 275th birthday. White House photo by Eric Draper

President George W. Bush shakes hands with General George Washington, played by actor Dean Malissa, following President Bush’s address honoring Washington’s 275th birthday. White House photo by Eric Draper

Consider George Washington’s character as revealed by his reprimand of a servant for his acquiescence to the British when they threatened to burn down Mount Vernon and lay the general’s estate in ruins. Here’s what David Ramsey had to say in his book, The Life of George Washington:

While the British were in the Potomac, they sent a flag on shore to Mount Vernon, (his private estate) requiring a supply of fresh provisions. Refusals of such demands were often followed by burning the houses and other property near the river. To prevent this catastrophe, the person intrusted with the management of the estate, went on board with the flag, and carrying a supply of provisions, requested that the buildings and improvements might be spared.

For this he received a severe reprimand in a letter to him, in which the General observed — “That it would have been a less painful circumstance to me to have heard, that, in consequence of your non-compliance with the request of the British, they had burnt my house, and laid my plantation in ruins. You ought to have considered yourself as my representative, and should have reflected on the bad example of communicating with the enemy, and making a voluntary offer of refreshment to them, with a view to prevent a conflagration.”

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What would George Washington do?

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What did David do? (1 Sam. 17:45-51)

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