Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Opus 2012-234, Cornerstone Considerations: The Mayflower Compact, The Audacity

Then they had the nerve to write an agreement among themselves.  Sure, they gave lip service to the king, and some of them probably meant it.  But their agreement was based on the promise to “covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic,....”  We do this all the time.  They were stepping out on a limb and cutting it off.

It gets worse.  They promised
“to enact, constitute, and frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and 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.”
Notice that they were promising to submit and obey to the agreement, not to the king and his parliament.  They were going to “enact” the laws they felt were “most meet.”  They were not going to go to the king with hat in hand saying, “Massa, please.”  Just who did they think they were?

They were the beginning of what we call Americans.  They were binding themselves to the rule of law, agreed upon by the governed, not imposed by the crown.

It was a beginning.

homo unius libri


  1. Despite being a bit of a history buff, I'd never given this subject a lot of thought. Thanks for doing these pieces.

  2. We read the Declaration of Independence on July 4th. That was a bit of a catalyst for me to consider these documents. That and the fact that the Supreme Court seems to have forgotten they exist.

    Grace and peace.


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