That our nation was founded upon the principles of God’s Word is well documented by the founding compacts, covenants and constitutions.
In 1620, the Pilgrims drafted our nation’s first self-governing document, the Mayflower Compact: “We… having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, do… solemnly and mutually in ye presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politic… And by Virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the General good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.”
The King of England left the colonists alone for 150 years. Without the albatross of paternalistic authoritarianism, the colonists experienced the benefits of personal responsibility and hard work. People would come together with their pastor or a prominent student of the Bible as moderator and search the scriptures for principles of government that would uphold civility in the community.
In 1630, the famous sermon by John Winthrop, governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, reflected the great sense of purpose that has prevailed since the arrival of the Pilgrims. Later quoted repeatedly by Ronald Reagan, Winthrop declared: “We are to be ‘a City upon a hill,’ a beacon of light for the world to follow.” He continued, “The eyes of all people are upon us. So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world” (Robert C. Winthrop, “A Model of Christian Charity,” discourse written aboard the Arbella during the voyage to Massachusetts, 1630, in Life and Letters of John Winthrop, 1867, 19).
In 1638, the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut stated: “[We] enter into a combination and confederation together to maintain and preserve the liberty and purity of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ which we now profess” (Text Version, Liberty Library, rendered into HTML by Jon Roland of the Constitution Society).
In 1772, Samuel Adams stated: “The right to freedom being a gift from God Almighty… the rights of Christians may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institutions of the great Law Giver which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.” Being under authority is not being under control. It is being under God’s protection. The help provided by God-ordained authorities can be illustrated by the protective wall or “breakwater” that shields boats in a harbor from devastation. Getting the craft into a harbor may be inconvenient, but the barrier tames the waves and keeps boats safe. Similarly, parents, employers and police may be an inconvenience at times but they play an important role in our progress. God’s benevolent instruction is evident at several levels of responsibility and authority for government (Romans 13:1-3).
This is, of course, not an exhaustive list, but the truth about the impartial and non-sectarian God-honoring foundations so highly treasured by immigrants is what causes liberal, atheistic frenzy. They must revise history and then control what is taught as history!
~ David Norris