How to Unite America
It sounds strange, doesn’t it? After all, aren’t we the United States of America? But we all know too well that we don’t quite own up to that union as much as we have in times past. Of course, some individuals will argue that. They’ll say that the shape America is taking is quite what they have in mind. Therefore, to them there’s quite a union indeed. And perhaps there is a union. However, it’s not America’s historical idea of an union. Those who love America recognize this. However, in order to understand how to unite as America, we need to know what creates a union. Additionally, we need to learn what needs to be done in order to unite America.
Samuel Adams knew . . .
It seems ridiculously simple that the answers to cure America’s decline are found within our own history. The problem is that many of us don’t recognize this because we aren’t properly taught America’s history and her union. But before we can understand what Samuel Adams knew, we must get to know the man himself.
Get to Know Samuel Adams—Patriot
Well now, fellow parents, Samuel Adams’ parents are individuals whom we may admire and model after. Much credit goes to them for shaping his interests and character. We learn from William V. Wells that:
“The mother of Samuel Adams was a woman of severe religious principles, and she early imbued her children with reverence for the Christian virtues which she practiced. To the scrupulous attention of his parents to devotional subjects must have been greatly due the religious turn of mind which was a prevailing trait throughout the life of the son.” –Public Services of Samuel Adams
So, here we see how the character—the culture of Samuel Adams’ home as a child and youth shapes his thinking. Needless to say, he matures into a man of principles with a deep understanding of Biblical principles. Here in lies the key to what Samuel Adams knew . . .
Principles Are How to Unite America
America’s historical principles are rooted in the Bible. And for our first one hundred and fifty years or so, American’s are taught them in their homes, churches, and schools.
Whereas, today a traditional classical education instructs individuals to appeal to the emotions. However, doing so keeps the focus issue-based. Just watch any House or Senate sessions and you’ll realize that this gets legislators no.where. Like ping-pong balls, they go back and forth based on their own emotions—trying to persuade the emotions of others.
Therefore, the key is to learn and understand the seven Biblical principle of liberty upon which America is founded—in part, these give America her form of government. In this way, we can analyze our current culture, political, and economic conditions. Then we can work to solutions that fit within our form of government. If we stray from them, we slowly alter our form of government—to the point that we won’t recognize America any longer. For more on this, read 7 Facts Everyone Should Know About Principles.
Committees of Correspondence
It’s like the best version of pen pals ever. Why? Well, because their goal is to build relationships and educate via letters. In this way, their hearts—knit together with principle and purpose—help hold America together.
Principle and purpose are exactly what Samuel Adams honed in on.
During his lifetime, Samuel Adams selflessly devotes himself to America’s principles and his service to our country. Being a family man, he manages to participate in government by actively writing letters—encouraging the understanding and practice of self-government. If you’ll remember, Benjamin Franklin said that we’re given a “Republic if you can keep it.” The key to keeping our Republic is to be a self-governing people.
That said, the committees of correspondence circulate letters—making them aware of political issues between the colonies and Great Britain. This enables them to come together and decide how to handle the matter. And out of these letters we see a great unity among the colonies and eventually the birth of an American congress.
Achieving Political Union
To begin with, we must remember the oppression which the colonists are under at this time—the Boston Port Bill shuts down tea importation unless the colonists submit to paying outrageous taxes on the tea.
In Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History, Rosalie J. Slater states:
“At the end of the ten-year period, from 1764-1774, when the Boston Port Bill was enforced against Massachusetts, and the external circulation from foreign and domestic trade was cut off, the internal flow of Christian support blossomed into independence. The colonies were not yet a nation, but there was stirring evidence that the Christian Character of these people, their education in Biblical principles, their consciousnesses of Christian constitutional principles, was a might force for Christian unity.”
At this point, during this darkest hour of oppression we ask: “What happens of the 20 years which Samuel Adams and others invest in educating the colonists about their political rights and responsibilities?”
We learn that since the colonies grow up under such different constitutions and are quite diverse in how they look, what they believe, their customs, etc. And they don’t know much about each other.
Understandably, trying to unite the colonies in the same principles is a tremendous task. And a difficult one. Another challenge is finding a way to get them to unite on the same system of action.
But difficult doesn’t mean impossible.
Plus, we happen to have a God, our Heavenly Father, Who specializes in the impossible—be that as it may in our limited abilities as mankind.
So, what eventually happens? Due to the Committees of Correspondence, all thirteen colonies unite in both the cause of Liberty and in the “spirit of unity.” Indeed, each colony understands that their rights and liberties are of God and not of man. As such, this Seed Principle grows a unity of conviction.
How to Unite America Today?
We do it just as our history teaches us. As citizens we need to learn and practice the principles. We need to teach them to the next generation. And as Christian Americans we need to be involved.
At our fingertips, we have a much larger variety of means of communication. It makes it a cinch to teach others. And it makes it possible for every individual to become involved in one way or another:
- Write letters to congressmen
- Show up for peaceful rallies
- Learn your state’s Constitution
- Help watch legislation and see if any of it falls outside of our American principles of government (the seven listed above)
- And above all else, lean into and trust God
Each of us can contribute in some way on a continual basis. We just need to do it! And we can!