In their new economic system were planted the seeds of our own free market which offers incentives for us individually as well as for the mutual benefit of all.
This year, when we sit around our dining table with family and friends, we should also remember that what we are really celebrating is the birth of freedom and free enterprise in America. We should be grateful that our founding fathers understood the lesson learned by the Pilgrims: an economic system rooted in property rights and private competition makes bountiful feasts possible.
Yet, it is interesting that Americans in the 21st century seem to have everything but gratitude. As a nation, we are moving away from the God-given biblical and economic principles that made this nation great. There is a growing belief that the government should “fairly” redistribute the wealth and move toward an economic system that nearly doomed the Pilgrims. We no longer appreciate opportunity but instead demand what we think we deserve.
By contrast, the Americans in 1621 had nothing but gratitude and a desire to seek God’s will in their lives. They saw the error of their ways and made the appropriate corrections.
Andree Seu, in an article for World Magazine, suggests a clue to this difference can be found in the name of the first baby born to the colony in America, Peregrine White.
Peregrine was the second son of William and Susannah White (his older brother was named Resolved) and was born before the end of November 1620 while the Mayflower was anchored in Provincetown Harbor. The name “Peregrine” means pilgrim.
Andree Seu writes: “The difference, I think, is the ‘Peregrine White’ factor, the setting of hearts on pilgrimage, the Resolve of forceful men (Luke 16:16) who ‘acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth’ and made it clear ‘that they are seeking a homeland,’ that they ‘desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one’” (Hebrews 11:13-16).
“The history books speak truer than they know to call them ‘Pilgrims.’ The pilgrim heart is known by the quality of thanksgiving. But when the Lord returns, will He yet find their like in the land?”
Only we can answer that question.