We should always try to remember the true story of Thanksgiving. It reminds me of a book I have. It's called 'Under God,' by Michael Tait and Toby Mac (Of the music group dc Talk), which focuses on both examining the stories of great men and women of faith who helped propel this country forward (i.e. several of the Founding Fathers, several civil rights activists), and also on providing, as a warning, accounts of some of the darker moments in our history (i.e. the murder of Emmett Till, the premiere of the film "Birth of a Nation" and Woodrow Wilson's reaction to it), to help keep history from repeating itself. I highly recommend it to everyone, it's a great read.
Anyway, at one point towards the beginning of the book, it accomplishes both of these objectives by sharing the stories of two of the earliest British colonies in America, Jamestown and Plymouth. Jamestown's founders were motivated almost exclusively by greed, as they sought to find gold in the area and please their investors. They initially claimed their mission was to 'Spread the Gospel' but they only brought one preacher along with them, and didn't even let him evangelize very much. Consequently, they were seriously hindered in all their efforts as a colony, and although they did survive, the way they did so would eventually lead to the birth of one of the ugliest blots on American history. See, they managed to earn enough money to survive by cultivating tobacco, but soon, European demand for it became so high that it required all the workers they could find, which ultimately led to the beginning of the African slave trade.
In contrast, the book then discusses the Pilgrims' founding Plymouth. The Pilgrims weren't interested in lining their pockets like the Jamestown settlers were, they just wanted the freedom to worship how they pleased. They continually relied on God's guidance, and as a result, even though they too faced hardships during their first winter, they managed to overcome them and prosper.
posted on 11/22/2006 6:33:53 AM PST
Thanks for your insights and book recommendations. You may find some of the links on my profile page interesting, also.
posted on 11/22/2006 7:06:10 AM PST
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