Welcome back friends! Today we’re going right back to the question we asked yesterday: Why Must American Christians fight for our nation? We answered the question Biblically, and today we’ll examine the question from historical perspective, but only after laying additional Biblical foundation.
Jesus clearly taught that we are not of this world (John 17:141-16). Rather, our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). Currently, we are strangers in a foreign land…and we are beginning to understand what that means, aren’t we!
The prophet Jeremiah, in chapter 29, instructed the Hebrew people how to live while in Babylonian exile. Among his instructions was this one:
Work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.~Jeremiah 29:7
As Christians currently “exiled” to earth, we are to fight for the prosperity of the cities, states, and nation in which we are exiled! Though the world hates us, we remain committed to our heavenly King. No one understood that better than courageous pilgrims who left the tyranny of earthly kings to come to a New World in pursuit of the freedom to worship the God of heaven.
Indeed, America was founded by those escaping religious tyranny. They were determined to break free from government-run religion, to serve and worship the living God as they were led. With that mindset, they determined not to get off the boat until they hammered out the Mayflower Compact, the initial set of rules for self-governance:
In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten…Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour 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 of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, 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.
Notice the key words: “…having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith…” Christian faith was the anchor dropped to stabilize a newfound land. History tells us the early colonies were guided by Judeo-Christian principles, and most were settled by those of like-minded faith. For example, the Dutch Reformed were common in New York, Quakers inhabited Pennsylvania and Catholics settled in Maryland. Other religious sects settled other colonies. All work ceased on Saturday evening and thoughts turned toward God. Sundays were spent at church, typically including a communal meal. Preachers on horseback often went from community-to-community conducting revival meetings and leading to what would ultimately be called the Great Awakening.
America’s founding values were first established when the Mayflower arrived near Cape Cod Massachusetts in November 1620. The Mayflower Compact set the course for patriots such as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and others to pen the US Declaration of Independence in 1776. Then, our Constitution was hammered out and ratified by God-fearing men just over a decade later. The vast majority of those founding fathers were men of God who sought His counsel and pursued His will.
So, back to our key question: Why must American Christians fight for our nation? Remaining true to our founding is essential to remain true to the unique calling God placed on our country. To give up on God’s calling is to leave our country godless and to silence one of the two silver trumpets God called to be witness to the world. (See yesterday’s post to understand those trumpets!)
Tomorrow we’ll dig deeper into America’s founding and will further address our key question. Then, we will address a second important question: How should American Christians fight for our nation? Stay tuned!