Imagine yourself in a church service and the preacher explains Ecclesiastes 3, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven;...” At the end of the sermon, he declares, “There is a time to fight and that time is now coming!” Most people may think that the preacher is out of his mind and label him a radical.
But that was not the case during the colonial reign of America.
It was Sunday morning, early in the year 1776. Pastor J. Peter Muhlenberg, a Lutheran minister, preached that very sermon. He took off his black robe revealing his uniform underneath. He was commissioned to raise and lead the the 8th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Army.