Model Of Christian Charity

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John Winthrop (1588-1649) was a prominent religious leader of one of the first groups of Puritan settlers to leave England for the freedom they sought in the United States – otherwise known as the New World. Winthrop had not always been a religious orator, but he became more determined in his religious beliefs as he matured into adulthood. Winthrop grew to believe that his soul, specifically, had been chosen by God to be saved, and it was this belief that led him to become part of the Puritan movement in England (Winthrop, 1825). However, at the time of this movement, Winthrop found himself and the other religious leaders under the rule of King Charles I, who was very openly anti-Puritan. Puritans across the country found their religion under…show more content…
In this sermon, Winthrop begins by announcing that God has created men of different social and economic standings (i.e. rich, poor, powerful and powerless) for three specific reasons (Winthrop, 1630). The first being that God wants to show His great wisdom in the creation of these different groups of people, both in harmonious and chaotic ways. The second being that it is God’s wish that the rich, the poor, the powerful, and the powerless show respect and help one another in religious endeavors. The third being that it is also God’s wish that these different groups of people all come together as one religious community in order to better serve both God and one another and offer up their strengths and weaknesses in unison for the greater good. In the very beginning of the sermon, Winthrop explains the merit of acceptance of other people in a simple way—even if it is void of the progressive inclusions described today (race, sexual orientation, etc.), it is still a call to inclusion across social and economic demographics. Winthrop did not want the new settlement to belittle any group the way Charles I had belittled and marginalized the Puritans. The promise of the new land, to Winthrop, was one of freedom, and as he saw it, it would become the job of their settlement to perpetuate that freedom throughout the generations to come (Winthrop,
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