For you, O God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear Your name. (Psalm 61:5)
This weekend marks the anniversary of the Mayflower Compact, drafted and signed on November 11, 1620. It marked the first time in recorded history that a group of people freely of their own volition established a covenant to create a new civil government of their own.
Signing the Mayflower Compact, 1620
Unfortunately, many Americans have forgotten it was done in the name of Christ, and its words are seldom found in textbooks or public tributes.
The Mayflower Compact says, in part:
"Having undertaken, for the glory of God and advancement 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 of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic..."
Mayflower, Plymouth, Massachusetts
America's greatness is due to the deep convictions of her founders, including the Pilgrims who landed on her shores for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith. Praise God for the heritage enjoyed by all who love freedom!
Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? (Thomas Jefferson)
by Dr. David Jeremiah
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