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Thankful for the Puritans

Origin of Civil Liberty.

Almost all the civil liberty now enjoyed in the world owes its origin to the principles of the Christian religion. Men began to understand their natural rights, as soon as the reformation from popery began to dawn in the sixteenth century; and civil liberty has been gradually advancing and improving, as genuine Christianity has prevailed. By the principles of the christian religion we are not to understand the decisions of ecclesiastical councils, for these are the opinions of mere men; nor are we to suppose that religion to be any particular church established by law, with numerous dignitaries, living in stately palaces, arrayed in gorgeous attire, and rioting in luxury and wealth, squeezed from the scanty earnings of the laboring poor; nor is it a religion which consists in a round of forms, and in pompous rites and ceremonies. No; the religion which has introduced civil liberty, is the religion of Christ and his apostles, which enjoins humility, piety, and benevolence; which acknowledges in every person a brother, or a sister, and a citizen with equal rights. This is genuine Christianity, and to this we owe our free constitutions of government.

Character of the Puritans.

For the progress and enjoyment of civil and religious liberty, in modern times, the world is more indebted to the Puritans in Great Britain and America, than to any other body of men, or to any other cause. They were not without their failings and errors. Emerging from the darkness of despotism, they did not at once see the full light of Christian liberty; their notions of civil and religious rights were narrow and confined, and their principles and behavior were too rigid. These were the errors of the age. But they were pious and devout; they endeavored to model their conduct by the principles of the Bible and by the example of Christ and his apostles. They avoided all crimes, vices, and corrupting amusements; they read the scriptures with care, observed the sabbath, and attended public and private worship. They rejected all ostentatious forms and rites ; they were industrious in their callings, and plain in their apparel. They rejected all distinctions among men, which are not warranted by the scriptures, or which are created by power or policy, to exalt one class of men over an other, in rights or property.

Institutions of the Puritans in America.

The Puritans who planted the first colonies in New England, established institutions on republican principles. They admitted no superiority in ecclesiastical orders, but formed churches on the plan of the independence of each church. They distributed the land among all persons, in free hold, by which every man, lord of his own soil, enjoyed independence of opinion and of rights. They founded governments on the principle that the people are the sources of power ; the representatives being elected annually, and of course responsible to their constituents. And especially they made early, provision for schools for diffusing knowledge among all the members of their communities, that the people might learn their rights and their duties. Their liberal and wise institutions, which were then novelties in the world, have been the foundation of our republican governments.

Effects of the principles and institutions of the Puritans.

The principles of the Puritans fortified them to resist all invasions of their rights; and prepared them to vindicate their independence in the war of the revolution. That war ended in the establishment of the independence of the United States. The manifestoes, or public addresses of the first American congress, and the act declaring independence, proclaimed to all the world the principles of free governments. These papers circulated extensively in foreign countries. The French officers who assisted in the defense of American rights, became acquainted in this country with the principles of our statesmen, and the blessings of our free institutions; and this circumstance was the germ of a revolution in France. The constitution of the United States is made the model of the new governments in South America; and it is not without its influence in Greece, and in Liberia in Africa. It is thus that the principles of free government, borrowed from the Puritans, have been conveyed to foreign countries, and are gradually undermining arbitrary governments, with all their oppressive institutions, civil and ecclesiastical.

excerpt from “History of the United States” by Noah Webster

Were our Founding Father’s Saints?

Were our Founding Father’s saints, were they without sin?

“Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone…” – John 8:7

There are those that have been sold the narrative that our Founding Father’s words should have no power because they owned slaves. The fact that some owned slaves is not in question. So why do we hold slave owners in such high esteem. I would ask why do we hold our Biblical heroes in such high esteem. King David murdered for his lust of a woman, Noah slept with his daughters, Abraham slept with his wife’s servant, and Paul stoned Christians. That is the very foundation and nature of God, that He uses all of us just as we are in spite of ourselves. The Christian world view is that “we have all fallen short” but by the Grace of Jesus Christ we are made righteous.

The Founding Father’s set up a form of government that looks to our Creator for our rights where “All men are created equal”. Even those that owned slaves signed on to an ideal that God created us all equal in his eyes. Frederick Douglass refused to condemn those Founder’s that owned slaves because whether consciously or only by Divine Providence, they set up a form of government that could not exist in the opposing views of Natural Law and Slavery.

“Now, take the Constitution according to its plain reading, and IFrederick Douglass defy the presentation of a single pro-slavery clause in it. On the other hand it will be found to contain principles and purposes, entirely hostile to the existence of slavery.” – Frederick Douglas

Were all our Founding Fathers slave owners?

Absolutely not. Prominent Founder’s like Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and Benjamin Rush were staunch abolitionists that fought slavery because of their Christian Faith. Founders like Ben Franklin owned slaves, but during the Revolution began questioning himself and ended up becoming president of an abolitionist group.

The pure philosophy of Natural Law stands on its own no matter that it may have been interpreted with a whole people group excluded. It is in fact without prejudice of any kind.

“The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which john-lockeobliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions: for men being all the workmanship of one omnipotent and infinitely wise Maker” – John Locke

Do not let the stain of sin blemish the Blessings of Liberty that God granted on this great country. Understand that Jesus died for those sins and that it is in Him that we are made Righteous and that our Founders found their righteousness in Christ also.

No Life, No Liberty

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

It is no accident that our Declaration of Independence lists “Life” first among the rights given to us by God. John Locke, a philosophical mentor to our Founders, listed these “Natural Rights” as “Life, Liberty and Property”. Without the right to life, we have no need nor ability to exercise the remaining natural rights. Locke goes on, after establishing that God is the source of these natural rights, stating that they “oblige everyone”, that every life is “equal and independent…for men being all the workmanship of one omnipotent and infinitely wise Maker”

“The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions: for men being all the workmanship of one omnipotent and infinitely wise Maker” – John Locke

On this anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I cannot help but feel that the words of our Declaration of Independence continues to only be applied to those that our culture deems worthy of their God-given rights. These natural rights at different times in our history have been lost on certain peoples with the most egregious being enslaved Africans, until the 20th century brought, I believe, the greatest assault on natural law in all of history…abortion.

Although, the number of abortions in America is not known, it is estimated that over 57.5 million lives have been lost to abortion since Roe v. Wade in 1973. It is not a reach to title abortion, “America’s Holocaust”.

The Supreme Court Justices who decided Roe v. Wade not only defied Natural Law, they also ignored the Tenth Amendment of our Constitution  which states “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” This ruling is a blatant offense to the Constitution and to Life.

So many times in history, men and women have been so moved by their faith in God that they act. They act in bold and principled ways to right the wrongs against the natural laws of Life, Liberty and Property. Giants of faith like William Wilberforce, George Washington, Harriet Tubman, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Martin Luther King Jr all had a burning desire in them to stand against those that would attack one of these God given rights and so made their mark on history.

The fight for Life today is no different than the challenges faced by those Christians before us. Our modern world presents many challenges for women and childbirth. We as Christians must stand in support of both these women and their unborn babies while at the same time fighting these so-called physicians and politicians that want nothing more than the power and money that is the abortion industry.

h/t to Online for Life
h/t to Online for Life

There is hope, and our voice is being heard; voices of love and determination. The birth of the crisis pregnancy center all over this country provides the answer to the question “What would Jesus do?” by an outpouring of Grace and love on young mothers whether they decide to keep their babies or not. Do not forget Jesus had is righteous anger side shown against the money changers in the Temple. There is a fight against those that would keep the killing of babies legal.  Texas passed HB2 in 2013 that closed 13 abortion clinics overnight simply by demanding consistent and safe medical conditions for women.

What can I do?

First, know that no deed is too small. Contact your local crisis pregnancy centers for volunteer opportunities.  Many of them also take donations. Contact your elected officials at both the state and federal level. There are many organizations like National Right to Life and Online for Life that are doing great things at both the legislative and grassroots levels. There are organizations like Embrace Grace that directly sponsor young mothers with love and blessings.

The Liberty Bell

Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof (‭Leviticus‬ ‭25‬:‭10‬ KJV)

This inscription, on the symbol synonymous with Liberty itself for so many, is said to commemorate William Penn’s Charter of  Privileges declaring for the people of Pennsylvania religious liberty and self governance.

This inscription became a rallying cry for the abolitionist movement.

Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof

This inscription and it’s symbol was also used by the suffrage movement encouraging support for women’s voting rights.

The symbol synonymous with Liberty draws its meaning from the power of the Word. Our founders understood the source of our Liberty as did so many patriots that followed.

Liberty does not come from a god-less nation. This nation was birthed in religious liberty, on the foundations of the Judeo-Christian belief that ALL are created in God’s image and ALL are given free will to choose their pursuit. Liberty comes only from God and never from government.

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭3‬:‭17‬ KJV)

For the Glory of God

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” Psalms 118:29

As with any holiday, looking back upon its history tends to be commonplace, yet so much of this holiday’s history is lost to revision or explicit omission. The writings from our nation’s original architects, or those nearest to the origins, suit us best—still—as references from which we can learn. My amazement never wanes while reading of the “adventures” taken by the brave men, women, and children settling this great nation. The absolute trust they had in God’s daily provision is a picture of faith that we should all aspire.

The language used so naturally in reference to Scripture in William Bradford’s writings shows how integral their faith was in their lives. The Pilgrims endured many trials and tests because of their strong belief in freedom and worship. Their story is foundational to our Liberty and to this great nation “Under God.”

Although the original Mayflower Compact has been lost, William Bradford recounted the text in his writings “Of Plimoth Plantation” (sp. intentional). Bradford called this the “first foundation of their government in this place.” As to the reason for the Compact, he says “when they came ashore, they would use their own liberty; for none had power to command them.”

Signing of the Mayflower CompactThe Mayflower Compact

“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, etc.

Having undertaken, for the Glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith and 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 politic; for our better ordering, and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; 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.

In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, 1620.”

Happy Thanksgiving – Anno Domini 2014

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Vote Under God

As another election cycle comes around, Exodus 18:21 provides the measure Christians are to use in selecting our political leaders.

Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, brought Moses’ wife and children to visit Moses in the wilderness. Jethro observed Moses serving as judge for the people all day. Jethro offered his wisdom to Moses saying that sitting alone as judge was not good. He then offered these incredible requirements to create the first form of government with moral tests.

“Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.”

We as Christians must require these things of those we vote into office:


Does your candidate have the necessary qualifications? We are all called by God to a purpose (Ephesians 2:10), but we are not all called to run for office. Sometimes it takes testing an individual at a small, more local level office before we can know whether they can be entrusted with representation over larger responsibility. I was recently teaching my son about the parable of the shrewd manager, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much…” (Luke 16:10), explaining how as a young man that he must prove himself in the small things and over time with wisdom, experience and continued competency, he would be able to handle increasing responsibility. Know your candidates record, require an accounting of their past performance in office.


The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭1‬:‭7‬ NKJV)  To call yourself God-fearing should raise the expectation from voters extremely high.  Fearing God means not caving into our own sinful nature. Paul talks about “perfecting Holiness in the fear of God.”(II Corinthians 7:1)  With true fear of The Lord, a candidate understands that above all else they will answer to their maker, before their lobbyists, before even their constituents.


Is your candidate characterized as a seeker of Truth, are they truthful? Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name. (‭Psalms‬ ‭86‬:‭11‬ NKJV) We should expect two things from our candidates when it comes to Truth. They should be a seeker of The Truth, walking in Truth, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”(John 14:6) We should expect truth be spoken…always.


To covet is to have a strong desire to have that which belongs to another. Coveting after other peoples things can lead to sin. Covetousness also means to gain dishonestly. Make sure your candidate understands that they are caretakers of Liberty. Our Liberty comes from God, not government.  It is the governments responsibility to protect that Liberty with all their being.image

We the people are responsible for our own Liberty. We are created with a free will, understanding that we are responsible for the choices we make.  We, as voters, must utilize that free will to place candidates that are able, God-fearing, truthful and without covetousness, lest we face the consequences of voting the wrong candidate or worse not voting at all.


“You shall appoint for yourself judges and officers in all your towns which the LORD your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. You shall not distort justice; you shall not be partial, and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous. Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you.” (‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭16‬:‭18-20‬ NASB)

In God is Our Trust

Francis Scott KeyToday is the 200th Anniversary of the writing of The Star-Spangled Banner written by Francis Scott Key during the war of 1812 while as a prisoner of the British Navy watching the British assault Fort McHenry and “by dawn’s early light,” September 14, 1814, Key notes that our flag still flew over the Fort.

The great poem not only became our National Anthem but also penned our National Motto.  Take note of the prayer in the little known fourth verse – “In God is our Trust”

The Star-Spangled Banner

by Francis Scott Key

The Star-Spangled Banner

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


A Moral and Religious People

John AdamsWe have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.  – John Adams, October 11, 1798, Letter to the  officers of the First Brigade,  Third Division  of the Massachusetts Militia


Franklin Requests Prayers in the Constitutional Convention

Benjamin FranklinOn June 28, 1787, before the Constitutional Convention, the 81 year old Ben Franklin  provided his wisdom to the delegates as they found themselves deadlocked in debate. Many have referred to Franklin as a Deist, I present this speech as proof to Ben Franklin’s belief in a very real God with his strong profession in the need for God’s “concurrent aid” quoting Psalms 127:1 “…Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it…”

Mr. President,

The small progress we have made after 4 or five weeks close attendance & continual reasonings with each other-our different sentiments on almost every question, several of the last producing as many noes as ays, is methinks a melancholy proof of the imperfection of the Human Understanding. We indeed seem to feel our own want of political wisdom, since we have been running about in search of it. We have gone back to ancient history for models of Government, and examined the different forms of those Republics which having been formed with the seeds of their own dissolution now no longer exist. And we have viewed Modern States all round Europe, but find none of their Constitutions suitable to our circumstances.

In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the Contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection.- Our prayers, Sir, were heard, & they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor.

 I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?

To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that “except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.
I therefore beg leave to move-that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that Service-

Franklin Speech

Library of Congress