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Author:  Dr. Mark H. Creech
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Date:  November 22, 2006
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Lessons from America’s Humble Beginnings

According to all four Gospel narratives, the people were hungry and a young boy surrendered his lunch of five loaves and two fishes. But what was that among a multitude of more than 5000 men, not counting the women and children? Still as Matthew Henry states: “Those who have but a little, yet when the necessity is urgent, must relieve others out of that little, and that is the way to make it more.”

This paltry provision was brought in faith to Christ and was taken by the Lord, who then looked toward heaven and having blessed it, gave thanks. Afterward, so miraculous was the distribution of it that everyone did eat and was filled. So plentiful was the expansion of the meager measure there were twelve baskets full of left overs.

America’s beginning was similar. When the Pilgrims arrived in the New World, escaping religious persecution, they became hungry. Food was scarce and supplies low. Nearly half of their band died in the first winter. However, Squanto, an English speaking Native American who was briefly a slave and had also been introduced to the Christian faith, offered to help.

Like the Pilgrims, Squanto was also extremely impoverished. After having been kidnapped and stolen away from his kindred, upon his fateful return home he learned his entire tribe, the Patuxets, had been wiped out by a sudden plague. He wandered aimlessly for a time through the forests of his childhood grieving his loss. Having no where else to go, he settled with Massasoit, a chieftain of the Wampanoag. Later Sqaunto’s English speaking and interpreting skills would become instrumental in forging a forty year peace treaty between the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims.

Before this, Squanto was in despair and thought he had no reason for living. But now with a renewed sense of purpose in life, he would adopt the Pilgrims as his own people and help them survive. He would give them what he had – his knowledge. He would teach them how to fish, plant and harvest corn. He would teach them to hunt, refine maple syrup from maple trees, harvest berries, and discern what plants were good for medicines. He would also introduce them to the trade of beaver pelts and prosper them economically.

Peter Marshall, in his book, The Light and the Glory, says that by the fall of 1621:

America would do well to remember these humble beginnings. Although this is not meant as a sanction of illegal immigration, let us not forget there was a time when we were the immigrants in a foreign land, perceived as intruders and desperately in need of friends. We were a minority fleeing another land with hope for a better tomorrow. We were poor, ignorant of the ways of this land and unable to speak the language. But God was with us and countenanced us in our poverty, destroying those bent on our destruction and blessing those that made room for us. Need we in our own hour of testing forget these foundations and fail to find a way to make peace on the issue of illegal immigration? Dare we forget it is only when we are willing to share that we should be given more? And may God hasten the day when He would raise up someone like Squanto in our midst – someone who truly understands both cultures and would lead us to find a balance between compassion for the lowly and fairness for those who legally occupy and own the land.

Moreover, let us remember whether it is a broken and impoverished life, or a broken and impoverished people, the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand remind us God specializes in transforming a little into an overflowing of abundance. The difference is whether we give our challenges to Christ.

Though America has grown over the centuries to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful nations in human history, Dr. George Sweeting, former President and current Chancellor of Moody Bible Institute, rightly contends:

This Thanksgiving season, let us remember from whence we came – God’s loving-kindness to us when we were weak and vulnerable – the source of our abundance – to make room and share with others – to trust God implicitly in matters both personal and public – to recognize our constant need of Him - to repent and be thankful!

Dr. Mark H. Creech
Christian Action League of North Carolina (Director)

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Biography - Dr. Mark H. Creech

Dr. Creech is a regular columnist for Agape Press, the national news wire of the American Family Association. His columns have also appeared on numerous other sites across the web, including: The Christian Post, MichNews.com, The Intellectual Conservative, Capitol Hill Coffee House, The North Carolina Conservative, The Conservative Voice, Worldview Weekend Network, Renew America, as well as a number of others.


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