November 21, 2pm EST
400th Anniversary Online Event
400 years ago, the passengers onboard the Mayflower made a covenant before God and each other that altered the course of history. Having been blown off course and forced to spend a harsh winter in the wilderness of New England, they, the ships other passengers, and the crew faced a crisis: Who would govern them in the face of mutinous speeches and threats of anarchy?
Their answer would go on to shock and stun the world—they would govern themselves. A simple constitution was agreed to, guaranteeing and promoting civil and religious liberty. Importantly, they gave their consent to be governed by its conditions. The ideas they modeled grew throughout New England, and were eventually mirrored in the United States Constitution. The age of monarchies and dictatorships was beginning to crumble.
We remember this brave and courageous band of pioneers today as “The Pilgrims.” Their story has been neglected for many years, yet is needed more today than ever. As many attempt to cast all of America’s history in a bad light, few realize the example the Pilgrims set. They had nothing to do with slavery, and treated the Native American’s and their property with respect. Though as human as the rest of us, we have much to learn from their story.
As devout followers of Jesus, they also had a global, multi-generational vision for the completion of Christ’s command to “go into all the world and make disciples.” William Bradford, one of their leaders describes this part of their reason for crossing the Atlantic:
“they cherished a great hope and inward zeal of laying good foundations, or at least of making some way towards it, for the propagation and advance of the gospel of the kingdom of Christ in the remote parts of the world, even though they should be but stepping stones to others in the performance of so great a work.”
Join us online (on Facebook or at this site) at 2pm on November 21, as we recount their story, and apply the foundational principles they understood to our lives and nation today.
Take these action steps to help America remember:
Consider asking your church to announce this event. Families could be encouraged to watch at home as a lead up to Thanksgiving.