William White —His Birth and early Studies.—Goes to England.—Friend or Goldsmith and Johnson.—Settled in Philadelphia.—Takes the Oath of Allegiance. —Noble Determination.—Elected Chaplain of Congress.—His Conduct After The Revolution.—Is Made Bishop.—His Character And Death.
During the course of the new nations development, Congress was certain that God must be a part of it. William White, DD was elected Chaplain of Congress in 1777. He was one of the very few Episcopal clergymen, who took part with the Colonists in their struggle for liberty. Bishop White stands preeminent. When the Declaration of Independence came forth Dr. White then came forward and took the oath of allegiance. At length, Dr. White was faithful in every way to his Country and his God.
“When the British evacuated Philadelphia, every clergyman of the Episcopal denomination left the state but himself. Solitary and alone, he remained at his post, and, like Abdiel, faithful to the last, cast his lot in with his suffering country.”
The Chaplains and Clergy of the Revolution is the Historical Fact that Christianity (see the link at the end) is the root of our American Heritage and a key factor in the inspiration of the Revolution. God governance is God’s governance and the Citizenry understood this. Those that were Chaplains and Clergy were not just religious mouth pieces. NO, They were warrior Patriots that spoke first the Word of God and then the musket or sword.
I am reading this book as if to my Grandchildren. My great hope is that parents and Grandparents would do the same. I hope and pray more that Pastors would be in these tumultuous times as the same that these Founding Clergy and Chaplains were.
Let us all learn and act according to the Blessing and examples they set for US in our Foundation.
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