Benedict Arnold

On this day in history, 1780, Benedict Arnold gave the British the plans to West Point. Arnold was a general during the American Revolutionary War who originally fought for the American Continental Army but defected to the British Army. While a general on the American side, he obtained command of the fortifications at West Point, New York. When his plans to give information to the enemy became known, he defected to the British side.

In July 1780, Arnold was offered American command of West Point. When his plot to betray his men was discovered, he fled down the Hudson River to the British area known as Vulture, narrowly avoiding capture by the forces of George Washington, who had been alerted to the plot.

Throughout history, there have been stories of traitors. Judas was one. He betrayed Jesus for a few coins. Peter was one. He denied Christ three times in one night. And I am one. I rejected his claim on my life for years.

Whose side are you fighting on? I love the words of Joshua. “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).


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