Only in the last few years has the concept of the Separation of Church and State flourished under judicial activism. You don't have to go back very far in the record books to find the Supreme Court's affirmation, "The United States is a Christian Nation." To understand how far we have strayed from the intentions of the founding fathers, it is helpful to look at the documents that formed the our country. The Mayflower Compact is one of these. Our nation's great strength can largely be attributed to her strong foundation.
Proverbs 14:34 - Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is disgrace to any people.
William Bradford, who signed and helped author the Mayflower Compact is Sarah's ninth great grandfather. A Godly heritage has a high value, both for a person and for a nation. It's important to note that King James who commissioned the the English translation known as the King James Bible in 1611, sent out Bradford to colonize American as a Christian land.
The MayFlower Compact
November 11, 1620
In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereigne Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britaine, 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 Northerne parts of Virginia, doe, by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civill body politick, for our better ordering and preservation, and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equall laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meete and convenient for the generall good of the Colonie unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cap-Cod the llth of November, in the raigne of our sovereigne lord, King James of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth and of Scotland, the fiftie-fourth. Anno. Domini, 1620.
|Mr. John Carver||Mr. Stephen Hopkins|
|Mr. William Bradford||Digery Priest|
|Mr. Edward Winslow||Thomas Williams|
|Mr. William Brewster||Gilbert Winslow|
|Isaac Allerton||Edmund Margesson|
|Miles Standish||Peter Brown|
|John Alden||Richard Bitteridge|
|John Turner||George Soule|
|Francis Eaton||Edward Tilly|
|James Chilton||John Tilly|
|John Craxton||Francis Cooke|
|John Billington||Thomas Rogers|
|Joses Fletcher||Thomas Tinker|
|John Goodman||John Ridgate|
|Mr. Samuel Fuller||Edward Fuller|
|Mr. Christopher Martin||Richard Clark|
|Mr. William Mullins||Richard Gardiner|
|Mr. William White||Mr. John Allerton|
|Mr. Richard Warren||Thomas English|
|John Howland||Edward Doten|