The nagging question that concerns us particularly in this day of advanced international communication and somewhat homogenous tyranny throughout the world is this: "Where is the haven for freedom?" In the absence of Christian countries and in the proliferation of humanist and Moslem countries, it seems that there is nowhere to flee for the only political freedom there can be: freedom under the laws of God. This was similar to the situation faced by our Puritan forefathers. Our situation is no doubt unique to theirs as history is not locked into a cyclical pattern as characterized by the Eastern mystics. History is a straight line planned out by God from the beginning, each age bearing its own unique challenges, developments, and people. We can look to the past and learn from the character and experience of other brave and good men. But we are commissioned to address the situation at hand by ourselves and by the merciful Hand of a sovereign God. We stand at the brink of new developments in human history. Therefore, the only question is, "Who will be faithful to God? Who will be used to lay the foundation of the next free haven? Who will join in this honorable task?"
They left a crumbling civilization and vicious tyranny to build a new, free country based on God's laws, not man's cruel inventions of law. They were the most productive human resources of England, and upon their departure, England suffered great economic loss.
Good men and women banded together to brave a wilderness in an unknown land. They left an evil world of tyranny and carnality to create a good land out of a wilderness. It didn't take many. Four hundred settlers made Virginia by 1609. Nine years later, the population stood at 1,000. By 1640, the population of the American colonies had reached 40,000.
This new country was a haven for freedom: freedom to invest without taxation and punishment for success, freedom to worship without imprisonment and death, freedom to invent and be rewarded for those inventions, and freedom from the heavy hand of ungodly human governments that demand worship, absolute servitude, and far over the 10% tithe that the God of the Bible requires.
This freedom enabled great economic growth and prosperity. It was largely the inventions of innovative and entrepreneurial Americans that enabled the division of labor to the extent that huge missionary movements were financed. America had served an important purpose in His-story book. America had unleashed a missionary movement that spread the mustard-seed bush of Christ's kingdom around the world.
Has anybody on earth ever been in search of a haven for freedom? YES! Were they successful? YES! Who is in search of a haven for freedom now?
In general, the following characteristics will describe the new haven for freedom-loving people:
1. The population of the existing geography must be minimal. Twenty percent of the population must be made up from principled people or at least people who respect the principles of limited government and principled living. Preferably, the existing population should be under 500,000.
2. Natural resources must be plentiful, because a free country must be able to be self-sufficient to avoid tangling with international conflicts. When international wars begin, the free country must bring its ships into harbor and defend its own borders until it is safe again for international trade. Economic gains are always made when the productivity of the people is not being constantly drained into wars.
3. The borders must be well-defined by coast-lines, mountain ranges, or existing borders.
4. The existing peoples should be acceptant of the principles of freedom. This is why Mayflower II continually analyzes political trends in various areas around the world.
Federal All Govmts/
Country Spending/GNP GNP
Australia 40% 56%
New Zealand 41% N/A
U.S. 25% 50%
South Africa 31% N/A
France 21% N/A
Canada 23% 52%
South Korea 18% N/A
Switzerland 12% N/A
Based on this study, the least tyrannical federal governments are South Korea and Switzerland. South Korea was heavily influenced by Calvinism in the early 20th century and has some of the strongest Christian churches in the world.
Political boundaries are shifting constantly. It is not so much a concern as to WHERE we will go to live in freedom. The major question is "Will Christians be prepared to fill the political vacuums created within these new geographical boundaries?" Several examples of shifting political boundaries now in transition will be considered briefly.
As of May, 1993, the South African Medical Research Council reports an average of 55 people a day murdered in the ongoing political violence. The Afrikaner Volksfront (AVF) was formed in Pretoria on May 7, 1993, under the leadership of the Committee of Generals. A General Groenewald sketched a three-phase plan of action:
1. Political pressure for the establishment of a system of nation states,
2. Passive resistance, including mass action, boycotts, and strikes, and
3. As a last resort, secession from South Africa by an Afrikaner state.
The state would be located at the northern end of South Africa, consisting of about 16% of South Africa's area.
Many other countries lack the strong undercurrent of a modern-day Pilgrim and Puritan movement -- a movement of Christians who are committed to binding all areas of life by the Bible. This movement is critical to the vitality of freedom in the 21st century. This strong Christian undercurrent is providing a strong polarization in the United States. The socialists and humanists are increasingly committed to their ideologies while freemen are becoming more committed to theirs. This polarization may be strong enough to suspend the rise of a tyranny and allow for a peaceful fragmentation of the Union.
The United States Constitution is a covenant that binds the Federal Government and the several states into a union. This was the original intent of the Constitution and it was the view was held by its founders who were descendents of the Puritans and Pilgrims.
The state of South Carolina in its approval and ratification of the U.S. Constitution wrote, "This convention doth also declare that no section or paragraph of the said constitution warrants a construction that the states do not retain every power not expressly relinquished by them and vested in the general government of the Union."
Virginia made this statement, "The powers granted unto the constitution being derived from the people of the United States may be resumed by them whensoever the same will be perverted to their injury or oppression and that every power not granted thereby remains with them and at their will."
The Virginia and Kentucky resolutions of 1798 hald a covenantal view of government also: "Resolved that the several states composing the United States of America are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government but that by compact under the style and title of a constitution for the United States and of Amendments thereto, they constituted a general government for special purposes, delegated to that government certain definite powers reserving each state to itself the residuary mass of right to their own self-government; that whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, it's acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force."
If there ever was a time that the Federal Government would enter an area unwarranted by the Constitution (and especially by the 10th amendment), then those actions should be considered void and of no authority, and every state could simply ignore those laws of the Federal Government. By covenant, we, the states had an agreement with the Federal Government, limiting it's powers and purview to constitutional activities. If the covenant is broken, the relationship is broken. Today we see that the Federal Government is breaking the covenant, and if it does not step back in bounds, the union will be dissolved. Internal improvements, welfare, urban renewal, agricultural subsidies, federal media, federal education -- all of these things are unconstitutional according to the tenth amendment.
Secession can be done legally and especially morally if it is done properly by the state governments. Because we were blessed with constitutional government, we as Christians can support secession. In fact, secession may become a moral duty in the consciences of Christians everywhere as the Federal Government continues to insist on breaking the original covenant. We are bound to the Constitution as long as the union exists, and because of the tenth amendment, we may have the obligation to secede.