Blessings to America and her sons and daughters as we continue to celebrate our independence declared on July 4, 1776. But the nation we know and love as America, the ideal of the United States of America, really began in the early 1600’s when settlers came from other countries, mainly England, on an adventure that spawned the beacon of freedom and the light of Jesus Christ for the world.
The Mayflower Compact, which many believe today to be the first significant governing document of what would become the United States, was very specific about the covenant these men and women were entering into with God for this new land. Herein, we need to know the past in order to preserve our future.
The Mayflower Compact of 1620 reads:
“IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honor of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first Colony in the northern Parts of Virginia; Do by these Presents, solemnly and mutually, in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid.”
Some 18 years later, The Fundamental Orders of 1638 were adopted in Connecticut. Its preamble says:
“For as much as it hath pleased Almighty God…knowing where a people are gathered together the word of God requires that to maintain the peace and union of such a people there should be an orderly and decent Government established according to God, to order and dispose of the affairs of the people at all seasons as occasion shall require; … to maintain and preserve the liberty and purity of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus … which according to the truth of the said Gospel is now practiced amongst us; as also in our civil affairs to be guided and governed according to such Laws, Rules, Orders and Decrees…
These documents and many others like them dispel the lie that America was not founded on Christian precepts.
We allow freedom to all religions, because our God in Christ Jesus will not force Himself upon others, but rather allows them to come voluntarily. But the foundation of our nation must remain Christian, otherwise we will not so long be a nation of freedom and justice.
God’s sovereignty must be the rule of man. The Lord said in Jeremiah 34:15,
“And you were now turned, and had done right in My sight, in proclaiming liberty every man to his neighbor; and you had made a covenant before me in the house which is called by my name.”
Remember your heritage in order to keep your future.
Have a blessed and powerful day,
The Daily Jot Staff