This is an excerpt from the "Introduction"
Before America was “America,” there were “red” men, Native Americans scattered across it from east to west. In the Southwest, there were people that today were the ancestors of today’s Mexican Americans. When travel across the ocean became possible, I believe God began to assemble Europeans here. I’m writing this passage the day after Thanksgiving, November 27th, 2020. I want to focus on the picture of the first Thanksgiving. In this setting, the Pilgrims worked peacefully with the Indians while also witnessing by giving thanks to their God. I believe this picture was a prophetic foreshadowing of what God wanted to happen here in America, across ethnicities, from the very beginning.
In our rewriting of history, we want to paint the Native Americans as savages and heathens who were rescued by force from their savagery and ignorance of God. As a nation, we have forgotten that the Native Americans taught those early settlers how to thrive in an environment that was totally foreign and harsh. America would not have been possible had the Pilgrims only encountered hostile Indians in their first landings. By the same token, America wouldn’t have been possible without the arrival of the Europeans. It was this type of interaction, done in a cooperative spirit, that God wanted to model at the founding of our great nation
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