While our current history books may briefly note that our first settlement was at Jamestown in 1607, the Charter of Virginia, which was written a year before their arrival, will never see the light of day because of its content:
We greatly commending and graciously accepting of their desires for the furtherance of so noble a work, which may by the providence of Almighty God hereafter tend to the glory of His divine majesty in the propagating of the Christian religion to such people as still live in darkness, and miserable ignorance of the knowledge and worship of God…”
The Mayflower Compact
Students will also never be taught that the first act performed by the settlers upon landing at Cape Henry was to erect a large wooden cross. Once the cross was in place, they held a prayer meeting (on publicly charted land). Thirteen years later, the first permanent settlement began with the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock. Before landing, these settlers signed the Mayflower Compact which read:
“In the name of God…Amen. Having undertaken for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith and in honor of our king and country a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern part of Virginia do by these present solemnly and mutually…”
What was the first thing they did upon arriving? Governor William Bradford describes:
“Being thus arrived in a good harbor and brought safe to land, they fell upon their knees and blessed the God of heaven.”
Remember our Heritage
The Cancel Culture wishes to erase the truth that our great nation was laid on the foundation of the Rock of Ages. Daniel Webster acknowledged this truth. Speaking at Plymouth, Massachusetts on December 22, 1820, at the bicentennial of the founding of Plymouth, he ended his address with this admonition:
“Finally, let us not forget the religious character of our origin. Our fathers were brought hither by their high veneration for the Christian religion. They journeyed by its light and labored by its hope. They sought to incorporate its principles with the elements of their society, and to diffuse its influence through all their institutions, civil, political, or literary. Let us cherish these sentiments and extend this influence still more widely, in the full conviction that that is the happiest society which partakes in the highest degree of the mild and peaceful spirit of Christianity”
While it’s easy to place blame for the current canyon between then and now, it’s worth examining what each of us has done to fulfill the desires of our first brave settlers.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
I don’t want to know “Why mobs are tearing down America’s monuments.” I would rather know, “Why are we letting them?”
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