Dr. Richard Land of Southern Evangelical Seminary Urges Gratitude This Thanksgiving for America’s ‘Priceless Heritage of Liberty’

Top Evangelical Leader Notes Direct Connection between the
“Mayflower Compact” of 400 Years Ago and U.S.’s Founding Documents

November 23, 2020

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—While our nation remains deeply divided and under great stress right now—for a multitude of reasons—Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu), points to a key reason Americans should feel gratitude this Thanksgiving season. He urges all citizens to remember the direct connection, going back 400 years, between the Mayflower Compact and America’s founding documents—and to understand the priceless heritage we’ve been given as a country, a treasure worth protecting and defending well into the future.

“We have just celebrated, this past Saturday, the 400th anniversary of a red-letter day in American history,” says Dr. Land. “On November 21, 1620, the adult male passengers and crew of the Mayflower hammered out a social contract on how they would govern themselves in the New World.”

Adds Dr. Land, “There is a critical historical distinction, often missed by modern readers, between these ‘Pilgrims’ and the ‘Puritans’ who came six years later in larger numbers to found the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Mayflower Pilgrims were 17th-century revolutionaries,” explains Dr. Land. “Their theology over the previous century had led them to reject the idea of an official state church and to embrace the vision of the church as a visible, local congregation of Christians who had professed a personal relationship with Jesus—thus their being labeled ‘Separatists.’”

As Dr. Land also notes in his just-published piece on this topic in The Christian Post, “The Separatists invoked the wrath of the king and brought serious persecution down on themselves.” Yet the Mayflower Compact they createdbecame the first organized attempt at self-government in the English-speaking experiment in the New World,” says Dr. Land. “The Mayflower Compact became, in truth, America’s Magna Carta, the basis for the self-governing constitutional republic we were destined to become. This form of government was planted in the original American DNA from the beginning—there is a direct line of descent from the Mayflower Compact in 1620 to the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the U.S. Constitution in 1787.”

For all of these reasons and more, Dr. Land emphasizes, “The Mayflower Compact is a far better place to look for the origin of America’s founding, rather than the fanciful 1619 date from the delusional New York Times’ ‘1619 Project’ when some slaves landed in North America by happenstance.”

Dr. Land is urging all Americans to “pause to reflect on the priceless heritage of self-government and liberty that our ancestors have bequeathed to us—and may we all resolve to pass it on undiminished to our children and our grandchildren. God bless America! We have so much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.”

Dr. Land shared additional timely insights last week in his daily radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” on which he regularly discusses topics of the day. He also writes a regular weekly column for The Christian Post, where he serves as executive editor.

Land teaches classes at SES on a regular basis. Recently he taught a live-streaming ethics class from the perspective of biblical truth and natural law. Last month, SES offered a new class on “Christian Theology, Racism, and Social Justice.” As “lead teacher,” Land welcomed Dr. Alveda King, Kay James, and Ralph Reed as prominent guest speakers who addressed various aspects of these issues. It was a live-streamed course.

SES will also offer its premier “Philosophy, Politics and Economics” program this spring. Featured primarily at select universities around the world, SES’s PPE program introduces students to a Christian perspective of how philosophy, politics and economics intersect, focusing on the works of Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, Henry Hazlitt, Karl Marx, Thomas Aquinas, Robert Sirico, Jay Richards, and others. Encouraging and training Christians on these issues and helping believers learn how to defend their beliefs is why SES established the PPE programs. Learn more about this and other SES classes here or visit ses.edu/apply.

SES recently completed its premier annual conference in apologetics, which was boldly virtual in 2020. Over 1,500 attendees from approximately 28 states and Puerto Rico—and an estimated 23 different countries—heard from a record-breaking 75 speakers. All sessions are now online for on-demand viewing for attendees. As Dr. Land noted about SES’s National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA) this year, People can still become virtual apologetics ‘time-travelers’ and attend all the general sessions as well as the more than 100 workshops that were offered. When you pay a $30 registration, you can watch all of the sessions and workshops as many times as you desire until April 15, 2021—and have as many people watch them with you as you wish. The entire program of speakers is a great resource for Bible studies and prayer groups as well.”   

To learn more about the NCCA virtual conference, visit conference.ses.edu. For 27 years, SES’s National Conference on Christian Apologetics has given believers the tools, knowledge, and motivation to defend their beliefs in a culture that is sometimes hostile toward Christianity.

Read more here about Southern Evangelical Seminary and SES President Dr. Richard Land, as well as his radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which airs on nearly 800 stations nationwide.

For more information on SES, visit its website at www.ses.edu or its Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (704) 847-5600.


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