Sunday Morning Coffee: Last Day of February!

February is on its last legs. Twenty-four hours or less, depending upon when you read this, and it will be March.

I won’t be sad to wave goodbye to February. Lots of snow, and it’s possible we’ll have more in March. These two months tend to be the snow months here. I’m hoping March will come in like a lamb and go out like a lamb. Easter is early this year, April 4, and I just don’t like it if it’s cold and snowy on Easter Sunday! Well, my wanting balmy weather isn’t going to bring it :).

I teach a history class for a homeschool co-op that our church sponsors. Sometimes it’s an English class. I have the freedom to go wherever I’d like :). Right now, we’re talking about the Puritans and their Great Migration during the first half of the 17th century. Their goal was to establish a “city set on a hill”. that would be a refuge for believers who were being persecuted in England and other parts of Europe.

Matthew 5:14 quotes Jesus telling the people that a city set on a hill cannot be hidden. The Puritans truly yearned to establish that God-ruled colony in the New World that would shine the light of the gospel for all to see. Their hearts and hopes were high, and it did indeed seem as if they were doing what God had ordained.

It started well. Sadly, several factors influenced a gradual falling away from the hope of the gospel and turned the people’s interest to more earthly pursuits. It’s a sad story, but not a new one. When we forsake the first zeal, the first joy, the first fire of gratitude at God’s great gift of salvation, we tend to turn to other efforts, such as making a lot of rules for everyone else to follow. And later in their effort for the church to maintain political and civil control over the Massachusetts Bay Colony, they made a compromise that actually weakened the church. It’s called the Halfway Covenant. If you’re interested, you can find it easily online.

Of course, as one who loves our country and the history of it, I can’t help but make comparisons to America then (and it wasn’t America yet!) and America now, and the turning away we are seeing from the truth of the gospel; from the holiness of God, to the secular humanistic belief that man can transcend himself and actual become godlike. This philosophy deifies man and humanizes God.

This philosophy is taking us nowhere good. What America needs, and what we all need to pray for, is a Holy Spirit revival to sweep our land and clear away the cobwebs that have destroyed our understanding of the holiness of God. We need to beg Him to cleanse us and make us whiter than snow.

4 thoughts on “Sunday Morning Coffee: Last Day of February!

  1. My husband’s ancestors were among those original Puritans, arriving in MA in 1628. He often says, “They left England because of the persecution from the state church, yet they set up exactly the same system in America — only with them now in charge.”
    When the state ran the church, the church ran the state, the town counsel hired the preacher, citizens had to be church members and dissenters were driven out, they lost the whole concept voluntary Christiaity.
    Charlemagne officially united state and the church — be a member or die — and religious thinking has been floundering in that ever since. As much as Christians resist any state interference in their affairs, how much should they be able to tell the state what to do? I think non-Christians fear letting religious people regain political control.

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    1. Exactly. The thing is, God never stipulated that the Puritans should establish a theocracy. That was their own idea, which they back up with that one verse, the city set on a hill, the light of the world. One of the biggest errors believers can make is to believe it is their mission to govern this world. Our mission is to preach Christ, not to establish church-controlled governments. Thing is, if we do our job, sharing the gospel, the rest of it tends to take care of itself. It was Thomas Jefferson, in a personal letter, who introduced the idea of complete separation of church and state. It’s not a part of our Constitution. When either the church or the state crosses that line, there will be trouble.

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      1. Good for TJ — I didn’t know that. I knew there was a once a Congress where the state representatives had a lively debate on the subject of which should be the state church of the US.

        However, I suppose it was Jesus who first introduced the idea when he said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” Disappointed the Jews of his day and even his followers. And Charlemagne, who simply ignored this aspect — and others.

        As you say, when people are Christians in the true sense, when homes are solid, parents love their children and teach them clear right & wrong, it minimizes the problems any country will face.

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  2. That debate was one of several that gave rise to the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments. The colonies refused to ratify the constitution until those amendments were added, and freedom of religion was a huge contributing issue.

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