To the Editor:
Thanksgiving Day should remind us of our country’s roots and be thankful. Our roots from the Pilgrims are in Christianity with its high moral standards. High moral standards are essential for a republic’s success and longevity.
A republic is based on virtue’s high moral standards. A democracy is based on the will of the majority without a basis for morality.
The Mayflower Compact, signed in November 1620, was the basis for the Pilgrim’s government. It states:
“In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereigne Lord, King James, having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honour of our king & country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northerne parts of Virginia, doe by these presents solemnly & mutually in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant & combine our selves together into a civil body politick, for our better ordering & preservation & furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by vertue hearof to enact, constitute, and frame such just & equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions & offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet & convenient for the general good of the colonie, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience …”
Thankfully, within the Mayflower Compact, they stated their purpose: “for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith … for … the general good of the Colony.” They understood behavior dictates success or failure. Christianity mattered, it begets success and freedom!