(The following is Part 1 of a series taken from the essay “What Gives America?” by our newest contributor, Benaiah Fredericks.)
It is early 17th century England. Religious oppression has brought on untold hardships for faithful Christians. For the “Dissenters,” those who cry out over the corrupt state of their country’s religion, the answer about “What to do?” comes through prayer: Some must leave their homeland and sail for the New World. They rejoice in their hope and the assurance they are in God’s perfect will.
How could these few humble Christians have anticipated the magnitude of their mission? Persecution prepared them for trials that were to come. With faith they endured the pains of birthing the greatest nation in history. Their strength of character and force of will established a bright beacon for liberty and multiplied blessings for the world.
The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone He wishes and sets over them the lowliest of men. (Daniel 4:17 NIV)
Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, received his vision from God. Since then, two and a half millennia ago, many kingdoms have risen and fallen. Yet the truth the angel declared stands firm: God runs the show!
The Apostle Paul wrote, “…there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1)
It seems that few ponder the significance of these words, their truth and their application. As a result, we have widespread ignorance of God’s role in establishing nations such as America. How many stop to consider why the Lord granted an entire North American continent unparalleled prosperity?
For long decades America and Canada have seen a movement to remove Christ from the public realm. This trend should alarm every person who fears God and knows their Bible. The stage is set for religious oppression once experienced by its European forefathers, such as the Puritans. The difference is there is no “New World” to which they can escape. Understanding the “why” God blessed this land is a must for students of Bible prophecy.
On April 26, 1607, “The Susan Constant,” “God Speed” and “Discovery” reached the shores of what would become Virginia. If one questions the motivation of these settlers, one need only visit Cape Henry. Where once stood Fort Story, is now an enduring monument of their faith in Christ, “The First Landing Cross.”
On May 14th, after erecting the cross, 104 passengers began to build America’s first colony, predating the Plymouth Massachusetts Colony by thirteen years.
“Who despises the day of small beginnings?” (Zechariah 4:10)
Continual bouts with disease and sickness plus relentless attacks by wary Native Americans, forced the Jamestown Colony to be abandoned. Across the Atlantic, word of their successes gave hope to others. The day of small beginnings launched the next wave of liberty-seekers and those wanting a land of their own.
What this article intends to highlight is this: That which was planted at Cape Henry in 1607 and revealed in the Pilgrim’s 1620 “Mayflower Compact” was the dedication of a nation to Christ. Established for His glory and made free according to His will, America was created for and by God, in order to spread His wisdom and mercy throughout the earth.
On this foundation, in Part 2 we will look more at God’s intervention in human affairs. Using Abraham as an example, the focus will be on America’s spiritual heritage and what rebellion against that heritage means to the world’s future. bf