John Davenport, at the first settlers' gathering of New Haven in 1639, delivered an address. He spoke clearly of the Bible having a most significant place in the lives of the newcomers to America. The Bible was the foundation for legal and moral beginnings in their new land.
- "Scriptures do hold forth a perfect rule for the direction and government of all men in all duties which they are to perform to God and men as well as in the government of families and commonwealth as in matters of the church ... the Word of God shall be the only rule to be attended unto in organizing the affairs of government in this plantation."
There are those who have rewritten the United States history books in order to expunge the spiritual start to America. There are scholars now preparing textbooks that will return students to the facts of America's start.
There are those already expunging the evolution-as-fact nonsense from textbooks. More will occur as time passes and more and more local parents take the challenge to their school boards. It was a hot topic on the radio talk shows this week. It's a subject that has made news headlines on Internet news sites.
With that change over taking place now, so it will be regarding the spiritual beginnings of this land. Those atheists who have controlled too much of the schools' reading material will be replaced with historians of integrity. These historians will put back into the books what was erased by the liberals. Therefore, there is the hope that the next generation will indeed come upon the spiritual truth concerning their country's start.
Of course there are the dark chapters in early American history; it was not heaven-come-to-earth. It never will be here on this spiritually fallen planet. But there was much that was biblically sound back then; and it is that which will be placed back into the annals of United States history.
For instance, early Puritans often considered themselves coming to the Promised Land. That was a reference to the Old Testament Hebrews leaving the slavery of Egypt for God's Promised Land. So it was that their spiritual leader, Moses, guided them through the wilderness. Eventually, the Hebrews did indeed cross over into the "land flowing with milk and honey."
In that kind of mindset, Puritans came across the ocean to their Promised Land. It was in that voyage and the landing safely that they lifted their hearts in thanksgiving to God. It was He who watched over them. It was His book that gave them comfort. And it would be that book that would guide them in establishing their new culture.
Much of the early settlers' legislation then was patterned after the biblical detail. The early colonies' leaders were personally cognizant of God's Word. Therefore, they set about to put in place a settlement that would reflect that divine revelation.
For example, the Connecticut Code of 1650 basically was set upon a governmental foundation influenced greatly by the Mosaic law. Many references from the Holy Scriptures were used to buttress the foundation.
In 1621, the Pilgrims set aside a special day - Thanksgiving - for feasting and worship. In that, they turned their hearts heavenward, expressing their gratitude for blessings received from above.
J. Grant Swank Jr.