Dr. Miles Seaborn
INTRO. Professor Thomas Rhodes, an economist, has
correctly said that economic systems are the products
of systems which are products of political
philosophies which are products of our philosophy of
man and finally are the products of our theology. Our
theology is closely aligned and connected with what we
believe about money, the use of it, and the economic
structure of our country.
This coming week we celebrate Thanksgiving, that point
in time when our forefathers left the continent and
came to this new country. For the blessing and
encouragement God gave them here in our country, they
had a time of Thanksgiving. They had survived under
some of the most difficult circumstances and
situations that we know of. I believe much of it went
back to the Mayflower Compact that they signed and
committed themselves to while on board the boat as
they were landing in Plymouth in December 1620.
The Mayflower Compact was an agreement for the
temporary governing of the colony by the will of
majority, and it contained the laws establishing
certain concepts of religious freedom. I believe
those concepts directly influenced the ability of
those men and women to stay in hat rough, wild,
There are three points that I would make today that
Bible based Christian principles of economy
illustrated in the experiences of the Pilgrims.
I. GOD CARES ABOUT THE ECONOMIC NEEDS OF MEN, BUT HIS
FIRST CONCERN IS ABOUT THEIR SPIRITUAL LIFE AND
1. Their first aim was spiritual freedom. In the
early 1600's in Scrobbie, England they wanted to
worship the Lord the way it was revealed in Scripture.
This led to persecution by townsmen and neighbors so
severe that they could no longer live on English soil.
They gave up the comfort of lives of economic security
in England for an unknown future in Holland.
To the Pilgrims ...
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