In God We Trust – Day Fifteen

On September 6, 1620 the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England with 102 passengers on board. After a tumultuous 66 day journey, the ship and passengers safely landed near Cape Cod, Massachusetts, well north of their intended destination of the present-day state of Virginia. These men, women, and children, or Pilgrims as they were later called, were determined to start a free colony, one that would afford them religious and economic freedoms. Before going ashore, Pilgrim leaders William Bradford and William Brewster drafted the Mayflower Compact, a short document that became the framework of government for a country that would later be named the United States of America. Although the original Mayflower Compact no longer exists, the undisputed exact words have been preserved in William Branford’s diary, which in part reads: “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 our selves 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.”

Some 150 years before the War for Independence, God put it in the hearts and minds of a small group of people to start a new colony “for the glory of God, and for the advancement of the Christian faith.” That is the undeniable purpose and start of our great country! America has done more to advance the Christian faith than any country in the world over the last 400 years. American missionaries have taken the gospel of Jesus Christ to every corner of the world, and America has always stood by God’s beloved Israel. There are large groups of people in America who want to erase that history, who want nothing to do with God, and who don’t want to see Christianity grow. We must not let that happen. We must live Godly lives, we must be “salt and light” during this dark time in our country. We must fast and pray for the upcoming
election, for righteousness to prevail, and for Christianity to spread before it’s too late.

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1-4).