Why drudge up the past? Why point out the sins of our forefathers? No one is perfect.
Well, first of all, as seen by the recent pulling of David Barton’s book, there is some confusion about American history.
It’s easy for God-Haters and America-Idolizers to have an agenda and say things that aren’t the whole Truth.
I don’t want my kids to have blind allegiance to America any more than I want them to have blind faith in Christ.
There should be some good reasons. Knowledge is Power. Knowing is half the battle. Even discovering things that don’t sit well with what I believe.
Did the colonists do any good? Sure. Were they Satanic and pure evil. NO!
What should they have done? What would you or I have done in their situation?
This is what they could have done:
“As Christians the English settlers should have gone beyond merely dealing fairly with the Indians. From the very beginning, they could have come to America with the thought of being a blessing to the Indians.”
“…the blessings I am talking about are practical blessings that would have made the Indians want to be friends with the white man. To illustrate, William Bradford mentions in “Plymouth Plantation” that the local Indians could grow much more corn once the English supplied them with metal hoes in exchange for furs.”
“Imagine the goodwill the English would have created if they had come to America with stockpiles of metal hoes, copper kettles, and tinderboxes to give to the Indians–rather than stockpiles of weapons.” (p. 26-27)
(the main “blessing” they offered the Indians was military alliances. The tribes who aligned with the settles didn’t fare better than the others in the long run)
“Instead of forming alliances with specific tribes to help them defeat their enemies, the Christian settlers should have taught the Indian tribes to love and bless their enemies. They should have taught them to exchange their instruments of war for instruments of peace. But, of course, it’s hard to teach someone else to obey commandments of Jesus when you aren’t practicing them yourself.” (p. 29)
More quotes from Bercot before I get to the the ugliness of slavery. It made me sick reading about it so maybe I will spare you.
And, now Bercot reveals himself to be a naive peacenik. Obviously, not a very good American. Maybe we shouldn’t trust what he writes.