As shown by the gatherings in Washington, DC on September 26th, it is time for all believers to join in prayer for the USA.
In the middle of this crisis, the truth still stands–America was born to reach nations with the good news of the Gospel.
Here is what Jesus said to His disciples 2000 years ago after He returned from the grave!
Jesus commissioned all of us to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15, NASB). He also urged us to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you…” (Matthew 28:19-20).
The Birth of the USA and Commission to Spread the Gospel
As we see chaos in the streets of the USA and hear the attacks on US history and purpose, we are drawn back to the historic records. The truth is that America was founded on the purposes commanded in the Bible, as we will discuss briefly in this Blog.
The beginnings of the United States of America began with the Charter of 1606 in England.[i] Two members of the Parliament urged King James to allow settlements in North America for trade but also for the expansion of Christianity. The Charter provided land rights for the settlement of North America focusing on the Atlantic coast from South Carolina to Canada. On May 14, 1607, the first group arrived at Jamestown, Virginia. Today you can visit that location which has a museum, a replica of their fort, and a copy of one of the three ships that carried 104 colonists in 1607. The stated purpose of the Charter included this amazing description of the dream of the first arrivals:
“We, greatly commending….their desires for the furtherance of so noble a work….by the Providence of Almighty God, hereafter tend to the Glory of his Divine Majesty, in propagating of Christian Religion…”
IN OTHER WORDS, THE FIRST ARRIVALS HAD A CLEAR CHRISTIAN PURPOSE FOR AMERICA
The Pilgrims were English Christians who left the Church of England to escape the restrictions of the tyrannical King James. They sold their homes and moved to Holland in 1607. When they attempted to print Bibles so that individuals could read the Word for themselves (apparently the King and Church of England restricted Bibles to pastors only). Some of the key Pilgrims such as Thomas Brewer were imprisoned in 1619 for publishing Bibles and others (such as William Brewster) were driven into hiding. This oppression motivated the Pilgrims to begin planning to move to America and establish a free society. In September 1620, 102 Pilgrims boarded the ship Mayflower heading to “Northern Virginia” (where Manhattan is today). After fierce storms and crosswinds, they arrived in an area near Cape Cod in November 1620. William Brewster let the group in prayer using Psalm 100:
“ Enter His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations” (Psalm 100:3-4, NKJV).
Before departing the ship, they created and approve a famous document called the Mayflower Compact which included this explanation of their Christian mission:
“In the name of God, Amen……Having undertaken for the Glory of God and the 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.”
Tragically, 47 of the original 102 Pilgrims died during the first cold winter. These lovers of Jesus died for the freedom that has blessed generation after generation. In their honor, let us pray for the nation, the United States of America, that stands for freedom and God Almighty!
What more can we do:
- Read the Word
- Study the true history of America!
Pastor G. Harold
[i] For more details and bible references, see the Founder’s Bible by Shiloh Road Publishers, edited by Brad Cummings and Lance Wubbels, with American history expert, David Barton, or the Plymouth Rock Foundation (see www.plymrock.org).