According to the Mayflower Compact, what are two of the reasons the Pilgrims made their voyage?
Most of the choices provided were valid to some degree (except for the third one), but the Mayflower Compact specifically states the reasons why they undertook their voyage to the New World to establish a colony. The key was the opening clause: "According to the Mayflower Compact..."
This is how respondents answered (two choices were allowed):
- Religious freedom 74%
- For the glory of God 37%
- To start a theocracy 11%
- To escape an oppressive king 51%
- Advancement of the Christian faith 20%
Now, only those both ignorant and afraid of religious faith would give the third answer because it simply isn't true. Never has been, and isn't today.
Answers #1 and #4 have some truth to them, as the Pilgrims were indeed looking for an environment where they could worship as their conscience dictated--something difficult to do in Europe where most countries had official church/state unions that tended toward oppression.
But #2 and #5 were the answers I was looking for. The Mayflower Compact begins:
"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, e&. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia..."
If our country is to survive, we desperately need to rediscover our history and our heritage.
As Karl Marx said, "A people without a heritage are easily persuaded." And that is exactly what those who want to turn our nation 180 degrees from its foundation want.
They want us utterly ignorant and misled about our nation's history. They want us to believe a lie about our nation's Christian foundation and heritage. And they are on the verge of succeeding. If we are ignorant of the noble ideals of our heritage--or worse yet, are led to believe a lie about our heritage--it is so much easier to lead us down a path the United States was never intended to go...a path that leads to destruction and damnation.
We are on the cusp of losing it all. We must reject the pop propaganda and take responsibility to educate ourselves on our heritage. And we must help educate other Americans with whom we come in contact.
Our heritage is not perfect (none are), but it is noble, and it is a blessing from God.
And it's worth fighting for. And I will fight for it. Will you?