The Mayflower Pilgrims: America Celebrates 400 Years of Faith

This Wednesday the 11th November is the 400th anniversary of an incredibly significant event in American history: the arrival of the Pilgrims to New England, and the signing of the Mayflower Compact.

Four centuries ago, 102 passengers aboard the Mayflower docked in the safe harbours of Cape Cod, in Massachusetts. Tradesmen and adventurers were among them, but the ship had set sail for a group of Puritans who had fled religious persecution in Europe to search out a new world where they could practice their faith without fear or opposition.

The Mayflower’s intended destination had been the Colony of Virginia, though stormy seas and short supplies had forced the group to seek shelter early some 730 kilometres up America’s east coast.

Informed by their Christian belief in both human depravity and moral accountability, those aboard understood that disembarking to establish a new colony without any form of government would soon lead to anarchy. So they drafted the Mayflower Compact and had all the men on board sign the document.

The Mayflower Compact became the first governing document of Plymouth Colony, but it was also far more than this. In the words of U.S. President Calvin Coolidge,

The compact which they signed was an event of the greatest importance. It was the foundation of liberty based on law and order, and that tradition has been steadily upheld. They drew up a form of government which has been designated as the first real constitution of modern times. It was democratic, an acknowledgment of liberty under law and order and the giving to each person the right to participate in the government, while they promised to be obedient to the laws.

What we in the modern era so often miss is that these democratic ideals didn’t appear from a vacuum. Rather, they were built upon the Christian faith of our forebears. “In the name of God, Amen,” is how the Mayflower Compact begins. Then it goes on:

Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country… Do by these Presents, solemnly and mutually, in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation…

America has faced many challenges since that time, including Revolution and a Civil War — but it has emerged as the world’s superpower. And despite the secularism of modern times, America remains a land of great faith. Its preaching and worship is heard around the world, and it has sent more missionaries than any other nation in history.

But like many Western nations today, America is rapidly changing. A surging secular elite appears poised to snuff out religious freedom if enough opportunity is afforded them. And the church is weakened, suffering an identity crisis as they have shrunk from the “moral majority” to what many now see as the immoral minority. As many have observed, Christian faith has become a cultural identity to Americans rather than a living, vibrant relationship with Jesus.

For all of these reasons — and especially in light of the quadricentenary of the Mayflower Compact and the Pilgrims’ declaration that America belongs to God — people from all over the world are joining with Americans to rededicate the nation to God, and to pray for a powerful move of the Holy Spirit.

Called 11-11Jesus, this event promises to activate 20 million Americans to line main streets, encircle the perimeter of the United States, and stand on mountain tops and high places to worship God in unity. At 11am local time, wherever people have gathered, they are encouraged to proclaim with one voice that America is one nation under God, and that Jesus is Lord.

Remarkably, though this event was planned long ago, it has coincided perfectly with the chaos surrounding the 2020 U.S. election result. While several battleground states swung late to Joe Biden, there are significant claims of potential voter fraud which the Trump campaign and the Republicans are taking before the courts.

John Robb, the Chairman of the International Prayer Council, is also calling for prayer and fasting on the 11th of November, to uphold America at this critical time in its history. On Wednesday, he will be gathering with other intercessors and Christian leaders in Province Town — the site where the Mayflower Pilgrims disembarked.

Among the issues he encourages believers to bring before God on the 11th November are that any schemes to undermine the election would be brought to light; for courts to act justly; for any spiritual powers coming against America to be bound; for the Trump team to conduct themselves with God-given wisdom and restraint; and for America to return to its Judeo-Christian values and commitment to truth and justice.

 

While elections and leaders come and go, what matters most in America and other Western nations is that we return to God and rededicate ourselves to the way of Jesus.

Coincidentally, we have already set aside each Wednesday as a weekly day of prayer and fasting for Australia. So we encourage you to join with us, and with Americans and people of many other nations to mark this 400th anniversary of faith and freedom—and to pray for this nation that has had such a resounding spiritual impact on the world.

Join the conversation by writing your prayers below in the comments section.

By |2020-11-10T10:38:02+11:00November 10th, 2020|Faith, World|4 Comments

About the Author:

Kurt Mahlburg is Canberra Declaration's Features Editor. He also works as a primary school teacher and a freelance writer. He blogs at Cross + Culture and is a regular contributor at the Spectator Australia, MercatorNet, Caldron Pool and The Good Sauce, among other online publications.

He has a particular interest in speaking the truths of Jesus into the public square in a way that makes sense to a secular culture and that gives Christians courage to do the same.

Kurt has also studied architecture, has lived for two years on a remote island in Indonesia, is fluent in several Indonesian languages, and among his other interests are philosophy, history, surf, the outdoors, and travel.

4 Comments

  1. June November 10, 2020 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    We declare that we ARE one and exalt Your Holy Name together, in harmony.
    Our Father, we bow in adoration and give worship to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and wait expectantly for Your Second Coming.
    “And unto You shall the gathering of the people be”.
    Hallelujah to our God and King… Jesus, Yahweh Amen

  2. Marcia Lynn Eichenauer November 11, 2020 at 2:54 am - Reply

    Father Almighty, we magnify your Holy name, Yahweh. And the name of your only begotten Son, Yeshua Ha Meschiach Ha Adonai. Your WORD says whosoever shall call upon your NAME shall be saved. We call upon your NAME LORD and cry out to your for our Nation, the United States of America, Father. We humble ourselves and pray and seek your face, Jesus. Your WORD says if we do this you will HEAL OUR LAND. We Rededicate ourselves and Our Nation to you on this Special Day and time, 11.11.2020 at 11. We come before you and STAND in the GAP and repent for the sins of our Nation, Almighty God and Father. Abortion, fornication, immorality, lust, greed, jealousy, envy and all forms of wickedness and witchcraft fill our LAND. But your PROMISES are all YES and AMEN. You promise if we come before you and cry out to you and humble ourselves, YOU WILL heal our land. We repent now corporately for Our Nation. We RETURN to you and REDEDICATE ourselves and our Nation to you. We trust and believe you will fulfill your WORD for you are MERCIFUL and FORGIVING. We believe you have ORDAINED this day and time for your NAME SAKE and to show the world YOU ARE the GREAT I AM. You raise up LEADERS and we will see Donald Trump as our President. We decree and declare victory in your MIGHTY NAME and by the SHED BLOOD of Yeshua. We declare victory over all the Baals and false prophets in our LAND, Father GOD. We thank you that you sent us Yeshua who is THE WAY, THE TRUTH and THE LIFE. We glorify your name Lord. We thank you that we will not be put to shame. We thank you that no weapon formed against us will prosper. We decree and declare we shall not die but live to glorify you. Abba Father, restore your Holy people and rigjtful authority over the USA today. We give you alone all glory, all honor and all praise. We decree and declare VICTORY over all the lies of Satan. We curse at the root every plot, plan, trick, snare and lie of Satan and his evil spirits. They have and he has no authority over us or the USA. We command them in the name of Yeshua Ha Meschiach to go to Yeshua to deal with as He will, never to return. And we pray a wall of fire around us for protection. Pour out your HOLY SPIRIT upon us Yahweh. Give us a fresh and mighty anointing for such a time as this. Thank you Holy Trinity. Thank you Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Hallelujah. Amen. Glory to God in the highest. Peace on earth. Goodwill toward men. Happy Veteran’s Day. Happy Day of America’s signing of the Magna Carter. Happy Day of Rededication of America as ONE NATION UNDER GOD.

  3. Kate November 11, 2020 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    God bless you, my brothers and sisters.
    Let the Lamb receive the reward for His sufferings. Isaiah 53. Psalm 2. Romans 5:17. Romans 8:37-39. Galatians 5:1.

  4. Rosemerryn Macmillan November 18, 2020 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Camp of the Saints! take heart!. The Kingdom will stand until the end of time! On that last great day as we are surrounded by our enemies Fire will come down from heaven and destroy God’s enemies! Meanwhile keep praying clothed in God’s armour and having done all STAND!! We a holy nation shall show forth the praises of our God who has redeemed us and we shall come forth suing through all sorts of tribulation for OUR GOD IS WITH US AND JESUS CHRIST KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS REIGND AND IS COMING SOON!! HALLELUJAH! GLORY TO GOD!

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