In the previous post, we discussed Freedom and Liberty and began our discussion about the Mayflower Compact. If you need to review that post, you may do so here. It is not necessary, but will help provide you with a deeper understanding about those topics.
Reason for the Mayflower Compact
The Pilgrims identified within the Mayflower Compact why they wrote it: “We covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation.”
Function of Government
The Government will function…. “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.” The Pilgrims were making a social contract, similar to the contract, Covenant they knew God had made with His people. This was to become a civil body politic which would bring about good order and survival.
Self or Internal Government is a foundational concept that was very important to our founding Fathers. They did not want to recreate the tyranny from Old World Europe. Because our Founding Fathers were highly educated in scripture, they understood the importance of obedience, self-control and moral citizenry. Here are a few quotes from our Founding Fathers that will interest you based on this topic:
What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. Governments need to exist only in proportion to man’s willingness to be virtuous. James Madison “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”John Adams “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness – these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens…Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” George Washington Farewell address 1796
What did Foreigners think about the New American Government? In 1830 Alexis de Tocqueville visited America. He was amazed by what he witnessed. In his book: Democracy In America (volume 1 and volume 2), he noted that : “With us, the government concerns it’s self with every facet of life. Here, there is or appears to be no government….” “What strikes every traveler, in this country the most whether he tries to reflect or not, is the spectacle of a society proceeding all alone without guide or support by the single fact of the concourse of individual wills. It’s useless to torment the spirit seeking for the government. It is nowhere to be perceived. And the truth is that it does not so to speak, exist.” He came to this conclusion
The greatest care of a good Government should be this: to habituate the people, little by little, to do without it.
Because we, in America are now relying on the Government, rather than on God…we are experiencing a deterioration in our society. This has created a society in which more government is necessary, as more people no longer desire to have self-control or Self Government, but rather, be led by a government rather than their own conscience as directed by God. How is this working for us? We now have 50% of our population depending upon the government financially in some shape, form or fashion. Our prisons are full and the American family is at a low with two parents in a home. Truly, we need to seek God, regain Self Government and help others gain that same freedom and liberty!