“What are the evils that have provoked the Lord to bring judgment upon New England?” That question was asked in 1679 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Colony. Not long after, political and religious leaders gathered in Boston to formulate a response and uncover the root of the issues plaguing their new nation.
The synod offered up fourteen reasons why judgment had fallen on the colony. The sixth reads as follows:
There are many families that do not pray to God constantly, morning and evening. And many more where the Scriptures are not daily read, so that the Word of Christ might dwell richly in them!
There are too many houses that are full of ignorance and profaneness, and that are not duly examined. And for this cause wrath may come upon others round about them, as well as upon themselves! (Joshua 22:20; Jeremiah 5:7; 10:25).
Many householders who ‘profess’ religion, do not cause all that are within their gates to become subject unto good order as they ought (Exodus 20:10)…
According to the council, “Most of the evils that abound among us proceed from defects in family government!” In other words, when we look out of our windows at a society drowning in immorality, confusion and absurdity, let’s remember to turn around and examine the state of our own homes too. As it’s rightly said, as the home goes, so goes the church, and as the church goes, so goes the nation.