The Mayflower Compact Is America’s Foundational Covenant with God
By Pastor Earl Wallace 2/24/2020
Have you ever considered how “The Mayflower Compact” was the First Covenant early Americans, called Puritans, made with God that provided the foundation for the U.S. to become a Christian Nation?
The Mayflower Compact was the first agreement Americans made as a covenant before God, to submit themselves to governing both their personal and collective civic lives according to what He says in the Bible. Their concept was not “self-government” as if man from a humanistic, “papal” sense could infallibly determine whatever he wanted as right and wrong, but was to govern by first “submitting themselves to God,” and ensuring all their personal and civic decisions were consistent with God’s Word, the Bible!
The signers of the Mayflower Compact pledged to serve God in civics for evangelism and Godly living! Generations of Americans followed through with this commitment to submit themselves to govern God’s way, and God honored this commitment by inspiring the Declaration of Independence that says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…”
Those unalienable rights are our Ten Commandments rights, meaning, for example, we each have a 10 Commandments #6 right to not be murdered; a #7 right to not be sexually violated, a #8 right to not be stolen from, and a # 9 right to not be lied to nor about, and a #10 right to not have evil people seize government power and covet our P’s: our person, people, position and possessions.
Without understanding these concepts that I call, “The Biblical Basis of the Bill of Rights” that reconnects the dots between America’s founding and God’s inerrant Bible, our patriotic efforts amount to a little more than, “Rah, rah, we need more God in government.” Since no one knows what that specifically means, we are missing how God actually inspired America to come into existence. If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? says Psalms 11:3. Without rebuilding the foundation represented in The Mayflower Compact, our politics are on shifting sand.
The Church needs to stop reading the Bible through the historical revision of the many lies the world tells, including those promoted by unBiblical, so-called “Christian” religions, which only can be true if the Bible is not! We need to assess, weigh and judge what the world says based on what the Bible says! This is what it means to participate in what the Bible calls “the greatest commandment,” to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength (Deut. 6:5, 11:1, 13 & 22 & 30:6 & 20, Josh. 23:11, Matt 22: 37, Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27).
Doing anything else breaks the covenants early Americans made with God, such as the Mayflower Compact, that secured His blessings over our nation when they led US (pun intended) to govern both our personal and collective civic lives according to His Word!
Let’s get back to applying the Bible to civics. It’s the only way to restore what God originally gave US!
Here is the Mayflower Compact, reprinted in its 196-word entirety for your reference. Bold text for emphasis of certain points are mine.
The Mayflower Compact
In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign lord King James, by the grace of God, of England, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the faith, etc.
Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and the honor of our King and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, covenant, and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation, and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, offices from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony: unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.
In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names; Cape Cod, the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our sovereign lord King James, of England, France and Ireland eighteenth and of Scotland fifty-fourth, Anno Domini 1620.
“Just and equal laws” means each person is equal and should submit to and self-govern under God’s Biblical laws!
Blessed is the nation, whose God is the Lord Psalm 33:12 (ESV)