I returned recently from a trip to Virginia and had the pleasure of indulging my love of history with a chance to visit early American Revolutionary War and Civil War cities, sites and museums.
One of the aspects of my trip that I enjoyed the most was being overwhelmed with the strong witness of the Christian faith in early American life and politics; to stand in the locations where the first English colonists worshipped was a surreal moment of connectivity to my own family ancestors who came to America on the Mayflower and others who fought in the revolutionary war.
It’s been fascinating to find out that there are still congregations that have been gathering since the colonial days.
Fun fact: Not only is St. John’s the oldest English-speaking parish in America still in existence, but it is also home to the oldest communion silver still used by an American church. The chalice and patens were made in London in 1618.
Fun fact: Because of the well-known Revolutionary leaders who worshipped here, Christ Church is known as “The Nation’s Church.” Its burial ground is the resting place of Benjamin Franklin and four signers of the Declaration of Independence.
If you are a fan of these time periods, you might also enjoy the AMC show “Turn” that “follows New York farmer, Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence.”
I was surprised to learn just how young many of the revolutionaries were. Todd Andrlik’s compiled a list of the ages of the key participants in the Revolutionary War as of July 4, 1776 for a article he wrote for the Journal of the American Revolution.
“Many Founding Fathers were less than 40 years old in 1776 with several qualifying as Founding Teenagers and Twentysomethings. And though the average age of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was 44, more than a dozen of them were 35 or younger!
Growing up way over here on the West Coast can disconnect us from the deep and rich history that we have as Americans, especially those who call themselves Christians. Being a participant in public school education I am familiar with the heavy handed secular revisionist’s goals in retelling the history of Christianity in America.
It’s unfortunate that the sins of our fathers, have somehow been allowed to expunge the good of the faith of our fathers.
I wish I could of been more purposeful in exposing my children to the rich heritage of their family and the history of our founding fathers and mothers faith in the early days of our country.
I am Frederick Christian Blauer IV, but I go by Eric, it sounds less like a megalomaniac but still hints at my Scandinavian destiny of coastal conquest and ultimate rule. I have accumulated a fair number of titles: son, brother, husband, father, pastor, writer, artist and a few other more colorful titles by my fanged fans. I am a lover of story be it heard, read or watched in all beauty, gory or glory. I write and speak as an exorcist or poltergeist, splashing holy water, spilling wine and breaking bread between the apocalypse and a sleeping baby. I am possessed by too many words and they get driven out like wild pigs and into the waters of my blog at www.fcb4.tumblr.com. I work as a pastor at Jacob's Well Church (www.jacobswellspokane.com) across the tracks on 'that' side of town. I follow Christ in East Central Spokane among saints, sinners, angels, demons, crime, condoms, chaos, beauty, goodness and powerful weakness. I have more questions than answers, grey hairs than brown, fat than muscle, fire than fireplace and experience more love from my wife, family and friends than a man should be blessed with in one lifetime.