So many desire to reduce our American Founding Fathers to individuals focused upon self promotion, with a rabid desire for historical success. Though motivation is not clear, it seems an effort to paint all politicians to be as the narcissists we find in today’s politics, thereby justifying the current political atmosphere. It is the “it has always been this way” argument to excuse poor statesmanship. However, most of the founders were humble servants of God, focused upon correcting the injustice being perpetrated upon our colonies. Politicians of today could not hold a candle to our Founding Fathers. Richard H. Lee was no exception. He came from nobility with generations of heritage. He was educated in England, at Wakefield in Yorkshire. His passion was ancient history. Lee became a military officer after returning to the colonies. He assisted the British in the French/Indian wars. His election to the House of Burgesses of Virginia at 25 years old proved his natural ability to lead. The people of Philadelphia assigned him to the General Congress and the House of Burgesses of Virginia in 1774. Elected again to the General Congress in 1775, Lee personally wrote the commission and instructions given to General George Washington as commander-in-chief of the Continental army. He was elected as a delegate of the Congress of 1776 and was a signer of the Declaration. Lee fought as a Lieutenant in the militia of Westmoreland Virginia and was elected President of the Congress in 1783 by a unanimous vote. Mr. Lee was the First Senator elected to the State of Virginia under our newly formed Constitution of the United States of America.
Appointed to draft one of the Continental Congress’ 15 proclamations for a national day of prayer and thanksgiving, Lee ends by quoting Romans 14:17. An excerpt reads:
“Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to Him…through the merits of Jesus Christ…to prosper the means of religion for the promotion and enlargement of that kingdom which consisteth “in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”” (JOCC 11/1/1777)
Yes, this is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – the trinitarian Christian God – whose kingdom is approved and promoted by the Continental Congress of the United States of America. Samuel Adams, the first Senator from the State of Virginia, along with[DCH2] Daniel Roberdeau, co-sponsored the proclamation and it was unanimously approved by our congress.
In a compilation of Lee’s correspondence, his grandson summed his communications, attitudes and faith as portrayed to and by fellow founders in this fashion:
“The wise and great men of those days were not ashamed publicly to confess the name of our blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! In behalf of the people, as their representatives and rulers, they acknowledged the sublime doctrine of [His] mediation!” (Appletons’ Cyclopedia of American Biography, James G. Wilson/John Fiske ed.)
Deist? Secularist? Atheist? No. Christian? Most certainly.