We began this journey with Columbus.
Like him, we are both sincere and dedicated in our intent. Real results
require real efforts and sometimes superhuman strength. The integrity of
our efforts will propel them into success. Lets examine some more of our
foundation to see who succeeded, who went astray, and perhaps some
reasons as to why
died in 1506, believing he had found Asia. He was wrong, but we know
that America had begun, just as was planned. All these things were
carried out through hard work in the form of human efforts and
resources, such as his endeavors to find financing, from Portugal first,
England second, and finally with Spain. Even though a large portion of
the finances came through the King and Queen of Spain, I might mention
that much was from the economics of Italian bankers.
was an accomplished seaman and as reasons for his undertaking I quote
from Columbus’s Book of Prophies; “It was the Lord who put it into my
mind (I could feel His hand upon me) the fact that it would be possible
to sail from here to the Indies”. Here again are thoughts, notions, and
ideas at work. But it takes a “gutsy” person to carry them into reality.
The Spanish did lead
the way and history most often leaves out the fact that he and many
others trusted in God for their visions, their success, and most of all
the very reasons they were even attempting things. All too often in our
endeavors to do things, we leave out the power and strength needed to
accomplish them. They, like us, are so quickly beset with wrong motives.
It is as weeds, which grow up in our gardens to choke out the planted
seeds. There is a constant correction in navigation efforts to stay on
course. You must pull the weeds out of your gardens. To ignore the
source of what we have is indeed foolish
A balanced diet is
healthy and well founded. Our history books and today’s world should
very well reflect this balanced diet. In doing so health and prosperity
would belong to them, to you. The Spanish all too soon began to plunder
this new world. Greed, it seems, latched mightily onto these
conquistadors. Columbus began to search for gold immediately, and his
letter to the Queen and King in 1494 was almost totally about gold. In
the next few decades, Spain would become the world power, but what price
would be to pay?
At the same time all
this new discovery was transpiring, religious conflicts in Europe were
burning fiercely, and like the “shot heard round the world”, the posting
of Martin Luther’s thesis’s sparked the Protestant Reformation for sure.
Men and governments began to think for themselves, moving out from under
the bondages of religious systems.
Truth is on the move
again, wrestling against the dark forces continuous battle for your
ground. Nature teaches us that light is needful for food and life. Like
the proverbial blade of grass which pushes its way through a crack in
concrete do we also search for that light.
turned Protestant and the true embryo of
began to grow. She decides it’s time to join the expeditions and expand
her lands. Sir Walter Raleigh attempts a colony and the first white
American is born as Virginia Dare, but destined to become one of the
Lost Colony of Roanoke. Undaunted, she launches her next attempt at
settling “for the propagating of Christian religion to such people as
yet live in darkness and miserable ignorance of the true knowledge and
worship of God, and may in time bring infidels and savages living in
these parts to human civility and to a settled and quiet government”.
This statement was in King James I preamble to the Virginia Companies
Charter. These were the attestations of typical noble and hypocritical
political groups vying for the new world gold, laying such claims down
in the name of good.
Was it chance the
eastern coastline was left unsettled? Spain being preoccupied with
southwest and Central
the French with the north, and Portugal with the south left it largely
unclaimed. With Protestantism taking hold in England, a bright ray of
hope began to emerge. We view these happenings as a great cloud of
witnesses, cheering on these would be ancestors of ours, as though there
is any doubt to the outcome. Somehow we get caught up in the thrill of
the moment. It’s like you were there, breathtakingly walking beside
them, invisibly urging them not to give up, go this way, do this; and in
the excitement of seeing your very nation unfolding, reality goes away
and sweeps you up into this dreamlike rapture of imagination. You have
control and sway over all, manipulating each action to conform to the
success of history in your eyes. Hope fills one to overflowing emotions.
Today, if we would only fill our imaginations with such thoughts and
ideals, how great a nation would emerge from our efforts.
The first real
was a near disaster. How it emerged defies understanding. The men were
as worse a lot as you could find. Their decisions matched their selfish
desires and interests, woefully lacking proper ingredients for this type
of undertaking. Of 480 people in August 1609, only 60 would remain by
spring of 1610.
In 1620, the
Pilgrims would land at
having left England because of religious persecutions, going first to
the Netherlands for 12 years of extremely hard testings. There they
decided it was God’s will to go to America and found a new promised
land, but with not enough resources to do so, they were at wits end. The
London Company, struggling to find colonists for Virginia offered them a
way as stockholders. Only a few of the group could afford to go at this
time. Storms blew them to Cape Cod, far north of their destinations, but
I think the providential hand was at work here too. This group had been
tested and proved.
Filtering of these
people continued until the group consisted of only the strong,
dedicated, and colony oriented. The Pilgrims fared much better than
Jamestown, mainly because their interests lay in the welfare of the
group and their cause. They still lost 47 of the 102 who came.
on the other hand, was interested in selfish desires and gold.
Here are two prime
examples of our beginnings. Both emerged, yet most of our seeds of
government came from the northern colony. The stories of Squanto and
Somerset being stolen from their lands, much like the story of Joseph in
Egypt, sold into slavery and returning some nine years later, just six
months before that first hard winter of the Pilgrim colony, is too much
for one not to believe in the providential hand at work here. Were it
not for their help they surely might have perished.
Having been taught
the white mans ways, they now taught the Pilgrims the Indian ways of
planting corn, fishing, hunting, and the fur trade, which proved to be
their salvation. More Pilgrims came and a successful, peaceful
relationship with the Indians added much to their growth and livelihood.
Compact was not a government document, but a covenant among the people
to care for each other and the general good of the colony. This document
would embrace the same principles of later ones to come. Eventually
Plymouth would annex itself to the Puritan and Separatists colony called
the Massachusetts Bay Colony founded in 1629. These Puritans had little
use for royalty. They also made a democratic constitution for governing
themselves, but only adult male church members could vote.
They passed laws,
levied taxes, and had representatives from each town to the General
Court. These early documents and efforts were the seeds for the
foundation stones of our constitution and other freedom documents. For
the most part, two things prompted the settling of America, freedom from
religious persecutions and oppression, and desire for material wealth.
Which one do you think had the integrity for a nation? Mind you without
material things we would perish, but when “gold” becomes idolatry, we
are out of balance, the ship will tip, the waves will smash her, and the
“unsinkable Titanic” will be sent to the bottom forever.
As for who came, who
went astray, and why, lets now look. Spain brought a curse upon her
lands and eventually lost them. Their rape and pillage, “for God and
Gold”, has left seemingly impenetrable scars upon its people and
countrysides. Central and South America are ravaged with poverty and
wicked culprices. If we believe in the laws of blessing and cursing, we
can view its consequential workings upon these lands in that whatever
you sow, you shall also harvest. What payment is demanded by the judge
of all men to requite this curse?
Even to America I
would say, what will you have to pay for atrocities upon the Indians and
slaves? There were good things left behind by each nation, but not
enough to pay the cost of what they did. England, for greed, for selfish
ambition, and persecution in the name of God, lost her new world in
part. Judge for yourselves. Are we not each responsible for our actions?
But individuals make up a nation and so the nation is itself responsible
for the actions of its people. Leaders are always with us and rightly so
are given that place and ability to govern, yet most often it is again
self-interest which gets in the way, forgetting who owns the “Vineyard”.
curses are on these souls that squeeze out the reflections of that
spirit? What have we nurtured for some two centuries that is about to
sprout and break out upon us? Perhaps we can delay the “payment” for a
time by repair, restoration, and redeeming of those souls to be engulfed
by eternity. Then the “Pitch Black” will come, and payment will have
been made in full. Freedom is just what it says! Freedom to choose, to
act, to live! Freedom was created with certain inalienable rights. Those
people who fled oppression, religious freedom, and inopportunity formed
this country. They came to a new world, and then they came to
Land of the Free.
Here is what
were the noblest nation upon the face of the earth, respected, admired,
and longed for. Many men fought to keep us on the right path, but it was
not enough. Ever since our creation, we have been come against time
after time. Those have sought to destroy us, but our work is not
completed therefore we are spared. Today, we are despicable in much of
the eyes of the world. We have done this to ourselves, and with each
generation adding to the death of our nation. Men still want to come
here, but many have learned how to glean our vines well.
Read the history
people. Wake up before it is too late. Dig for it and search it out. How
will it move you? What will prompt you to action? My own nation is being
destroyed and I cannot sit by and watch it happen. I have begun to work.
What will you do? What will be your part? We are not one! We are many!
Together we can change our nation. Alone, we will see it fall. We are
America, and I will say that it has been given to our generation to
restore and set aright the U.S. Constitution, and the foundational
purposes of our America.
As we continue to
develop this plan and this story, we are like the mustard seed. You will
see it grow and prosper and you will begin to take note and you will
begin to believe and see. I will just say this lastly; if God wrote the
Ten Commandments, then surely He also wrote the U.S. Constitution. A
weak arm will not get this job done, but only the strong arm of
providential grace, through faith and work by men who still believe in
integrity. In our next article we will begin to examine more closely our
roots of government. While you are waiting, read some