This election season in the US, I’m thinking about the land that has shaped this country that caused our Puritan forefathers to call it the ‘city on a hill’ from Matt. 5:15-16. In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explained to his disciples: “We are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”
John Winthrop’s sermon in 1630, aboard the ship Arbella that transported Puritans across the Atlantic to the New World, was prescient in its message to these Christian colonists who would start an experiment in democracy the world would watch for the next almost 300 years.