A Brief History of Christianity in America
The first permanent English colony in North America was the Jamestown colony. On April 26, 1607, the founders of this colony landed on Cape Henry, the northeast area of modern day Virginia Beach. There, Pastor Robert Hunt and the Jamestown settlers planted a wooden cross that they brought with them from England.
We do hereby dedicate this Land, and ourselves, to reach the People within these shores with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to raise up Godly generations after us, and with these generations take the Kingdom of God to all the earth. May this Covenant of Dedication remain to all generations, as long as this earth remains, and may this Land, along with England, be Evangelist to the World. May all who see this Cross, remember what we have done here, and may those who come here to inhabit join us in this Covenant and in this most noble work that the Holy Scriptures may be fulfilled.Dedication prayer of Pastor Robert Hunt on 26 April 1607
A Kingdom is Government
What is a kingdom? One definition: a state or government having a king or queen as its head.
American History Trivia | The State of Virginia was named for Queen Elizabeth 1st, the Virgin Queen.
Regarding the abused phrase a wall of separation between church and state used in a letter to the Danbury Baptists, Thomas Jefferson had no role whatsoever in the constructs of the U.S. Constitution. It was the Declaration of Independence that he authored. Jefferson was on the European continent throughout the time the Constitution was written and signed in Philadelphia.
In 1947, SCOTUS opined on Everson v. Board of Education, “In the words of Jefferson,” the justices famously declared, the First Amendment “was intended to erect ‘a wall of separation between church and State’…[that] must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach.”
Jefferson, mindful of European state-sponsored religion, acknowledged the general sentiments of fellow Founding Fathers. Neither the federal nor the state governments would be permitted to establish a religion. Connecticut Baptists would be free to practice their form of religion and the Maryland Catholics would be free to practice their form of religion.
What do both Catholics and Baptists generally share in common, with respect to civil government? A Biblical, Christ-centered worldview.
The House of Representatives and the Capitol building were both used as churches. The approval of the Capitol for church was given by both the House and the Senate, with House approval being given by Speaker of the House, Theodore Sedgwick, and Senate approval being given by the President of the Senate, Thomas Jefferson. Interestingly, Jefferson’s approval came while he was still officially the Vice- President but after he had just been elected President.
The Role of the Church in Civil Governance
- Psalm 47:2 For the Lord Most High is to be feared [and worshiped with awe-inspired reverence and obedience]; He is a great King over all the earth.
- Psalm 67:4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, For You will judge the people fairly And guide the nations on earth.
- Isaiah 9:6 For to us a Child shall be born, to us a Son shall be given; And the government shall be upon His shoulder, And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
- Romans 13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God [granted by His permission and sanction], and those which exist have been put in place by God
- Proverbs 29:2 When the righteous are in authority and become great, the people rejoice; But when the wicked man rules, the people groan and sigh.
The official policy of the Amish people before the 2020 elections: The Amish are not involved in state or national politics, they do not vote, and they do not serve in the military.
Republicans have traditionally been the party of pro-life and that is a key issue for most Amish. Add to that Trump’s aura as a businessman and that has appeal especially to Amish business owners.
How can anyone actively support life and free enterprise without participating in civil government? Answer: you can’t.
Philippians 2:12-13 For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.
God works through his children and there is no ‘plan B’.