The Untold Story

April 30, 2013

MY BLOG, The Untold Story

“It has been said that history is the biography of communities; in another, and profounder, sense, it is the autobiography of Him ‘who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will’ (Ephesians 1:11), and who is graciously timing all events in the interests of His Christ, and of the Kingdom of God on earth.”  So wrote Rev. S. W. Foljambe in his Annual Election Sermon, 1865, in Boston, Massachusettes.

That History of the Hand of God in America has largely been forgotten, misquoted, and re-written to eliminate all knowledge of what God did in bringing forth this nation.  Rev. Foljambe points out that “the more thoroughly a nation deals with its history, the more decidedly will it recognize and own an overruling Providence therein, and the more religious a nation will it become; while the more superficially it deals with its history, seeing only secondary causes and human agencies, the more irreligious will it be.”  We have become an irreligious nation in spite of our many churches.  But the truth is there.  The documents tell it.  One only has to look.

America’s beginning didn’t take place in St. Augustine, Florida, which claims to be the oldest city in the United States, or even in Jamestown, Virginia, the first English settlement, though both of these have their places in America’s History.  That which we know to be America traces its beginnings to the tiny band of Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower bringing with them wives and children and a form of Christian self-government by the consent of the governed.

St. Augustine was occupied by the French, Spanish, and English for many years.  Jamestown was inhabited by Englishmen looking to make their fortune and return to England wealthy, but they didn’t come to settle, to build homes, churches, schools and families. They were Adventurers and their colony was dying out by the time the Pilgrims came in 1620.

But the Pilgrims brought with them not only their wives, and their children; they brought their faith and the sure knowledge that God had called them to this faraway land for His purposes.  Their whole story is one of magnificent courage, character, faith, and perseverance; but for now, we’ll focus on their landing on these shores.   And so, on November 11, 1620, having been blown off their intended course and taken shelter in Plymouth Bay, before they ever left the Mayflower, they penned these words:

“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 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, 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. . .”

With the Mayflower Compact, the Pilgrims proclaimed for all time, the Gospel Purpose for America, and their intention in settling here.

According to Romans 11:29, the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.  He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.  They are never canceled or rescinded.  Therefore, God’s call on America is still in effect.  Its purpose is now, and always will be for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith.

For this reason, I have hope!  For this reason, I pray expectantly.  For this reason, I pour myself into future generations, that they might know that it was God Who brought forth America – He had a plan and a purpose for her existence and He isn’t through yet.  Therefore, we, His servants will arise and build and rebuild and He will prosper us.


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