Maybe the most important American Puritan story took place before they ever landed on the New World’s shores. Before here, Puritans left England for Holland in 1609. They believed the Church of England was corrupt and not grounded in biblical principles. The Puritans migrated to Holland so they could worship freely as Christians.
After years in Holland, that didn’t work either, and some headed back to England. Some set sail for America. A decade after the Pilgrims, they landed and were greeted and accepted by the Pilgrims. By the tens of thousands, Puritans came. They were fiercely tough, very independent, and became upset over a tax on tea.
It was Puritans in the Boston Harbor. It was Puritans that warned ‘the British are coming,’ Paul Revere’s father was a Puritan. They would not be held down by a tyrannical government. They came to this land to worship freely. It didn’t work in England, and Holland wasn’t any better. They weren’t leaving again. It was worth it to them to stand and fight for freedom.
It was a Puritan that was the first American to denounce slavery and advocated to abolish slavery. The first voice of abolition, Puritan Samuel Sewell, condemned slavery in his work ‘The Selling of Joseph,’ the first anti-slavery tract written in America.
The Pilgrims had welcomed the migrant Puritans because they were bound together and assimilated in the word of God. Offspring from the original Puritans paid the ultimate sacrifice on battlefields around the world so Americans could be free to choose alternative thoughts and lifestyles to protect their right to choose. Even when beliefs and convictions didn’t align with the Puritans, they understood individual freedom and liberty were greater than a tyrannical government.
But when other’s rights infringe on my ability to live free, the Puritan in me bows up. And, when their rights disrupt our children’s and grandchildren’s lives, the Puritan in me says, that’s about enough. Finally, when their rights infringe, scoff at, and make fun of or keep me from worshipping, the one thing that bound us together at the very beginning.
One nation under God.
Of course, this story isn’t completely told without the Puritans’ activity in the Salem witch trials included. While that part is a stain on the Puritans and American history, it seems to be the only story most want to share about the Puritans these days.
That is the story of the Puritans and their journey to America. What did we learn? Don’t mess with the Puritans’ right to worship, don’t mess with their children, and don’t mess with their sweet iced tea.
It’s a history that should be shared, not forgotten. Be proudly Puritan.
On this episode of ‘Truth Be Told with Booker Scott,’ we welcome author and Fox News frequent guest Matt Palumbo and his weekly segment ‘Mondays with Matt.’ Diego Rivera joins the conversation to discuss his effort to keep the National Guard in America instead of being deployed to conflicts around the world.
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