The American Covenanters and Political Activism

By Tyler Ray - Posted at Thistle in Dixie:

We, the People of the United States [recognizing the being and attributes of Almighty God, the Divine Authority of the Holy Scriptures, the law of God as the paramount rule, and Jesus, the Messiah, the Savior and Lord of all], in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and to our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. (Allison)

In a recent post, I spoke of the political dissent that the American Covenanters of the past taught and practiced and what we can learn from them. However, when such dissent is practiced, many Americans will object that the dissenter is not doing his part to improve the country’s political situation. “After all,” they will say, “you can’t just sit by and let things go to pot!”

In a sense, they’re right. The Christian has a duty to seek the good of his country, and to promote righteousness in it. For a godly example of this, we may look to the same group–the Reformed Presbyterians.

When the bloody conflict that was the American Civil War broke out, many Reformed Presbyterians were convinced that the war was the judgment of God on America for refusing to recognize and submit to the kingship of Christ. Stirred by this conviction, they were moved into action.