This year on my birthday my parents gave me a certain book. It is thick, and unique from others with the same text. Dr. Richard G. Lee recently brought out a beautiful edition of God’s Word–the American Patriot’s Bible. I love this edition for its historical context and all-American theme. Inserted amongst the Biblical Text are pages that tell of America’s Christian heritage and foundation. Here is the little paragraph on the back cover:
The American Patriot’s Bible connects the teachings of the Bible, the history of the United States and the life of every American. Beautiful full-color insert pages spotlight the people and events that demonstrate the godly qualities that have made America great.
Truthfully, I prefer this edition over having a Teen Girl’s Bible, (those usually have beauty tips and fun quizzes) for its American theme with historical context woven in. For Thanksgiving I’ll share part of one of the inserts as it tells of the early American colonists–specifically the Pilgrims.
In 1620 the Pilgrims… set up a colony at Plymouth in what is now Massachusetts. The purpose of the Pilgrims was to establish a political commonwealth governed by biblical standards. The Mayflower Compact, their initial governing document, clearly stated that what they had undertaken was for “the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.” William Bradford, the second governor of Plymouth, said, “[The colonists] cherished a great hope and inward zeal of laying good foundations…for the propagation and advance of the Gospel of the kingdom of Christ in the remote parts of the world.”
America may thank those early settlers for their courage and spectacular faith! Our nation was settled and founded on those foundations of Christ our Lord, and this Thanksgiving, I wanted to commemorate them . . .