In 1855, a tiny thirty two year old woman and her Methodist minister husband, began a long journey to Kansas from Connecticut. Her husband was going to establish a new church in Lawrence Kansas, but Julia Louisa Lovejoy had other dreams. Sent by the prayers of many, Mrs. Lovejoy was going west to work to make sure Kansas would enter the Union as a free state. She was to be the foreign corespondent to several Methodist newspapers back east.
Through her letters and articles, we learn of the terrific fight and struggles by Christians to stand against slavery and help those in slavery. Traveling across country in 1855 was hard. Mrs. Lovejoy's four year old daughter got sick and died a week after reaching Kansas, and all their belongings were stolen the day they arrived.
Liberals often portray Christians during the western expansion as blood thirsty killers, eager to take everything from the Indians. There are efforts made to show that Christian people were happy with slavery and tolerated slavery, much in the way today's progressives tolerate abortion. Liberals point to Col. Chivington and the Sand Creek Massacre as proof to wild claims that Christians murdered 20 million Indians.
Seldom do Christians get credit for their tireless work to end slavery, or to help Indians. In one of Mrs. Lovejoy's letters we get a glimpse into the daily life of a pioneer bloody thirsty Christian imperialist when a pro-slavery mob came looking for her and other Christians, "I caught my darling babe from the bed, moaning as he went, I rushed to a place of safety out of town as fast as my feeble legs could carry me..."
In August of 1863, Mrs. Lovejoy saw many of her friends killed by Confederate raiders. Two hundred men and boys were slaughtered in the streets for standing against slavery. After the massacre, Mrs. Lovejoy wrote, "...we are glad we can labor for God and freedom here, where sin abounds. Let me do and suffer all the will of God is my prayer. Kansas must be redeemed and saved, and we want a hand in helping on the good work."
Christian heritage is rich in America. The bravery and kindness shown by early Christian pioneers in our country is too often ignored or maligned in what passes for History classrooms today. The focus of progressives and liberals is to malign the true Christian story in America.
Daniel Boone's son, Morgan Boone, led a Methodist group to eastern Kansas in 1819, to help teach displaced Indians how to read and write, and help them farm. Let us not forget Sarah Davis, and her husband, Thomas Johnson. Sarah worked 35 years directly with Indian people in a mission her and her husband set up in 1833.
That is what Christian people do. I have friend, Pastor Joe, from a church in Susanville, California that participates in mission trips to the Ukraine. While politicians bluster and proclaim, Christians quietly go about the business of helping people around the globe. My brother in law works with Christian groups reaching out to poor kids in Central America, and my brother returned not to long ago from a mission trip to Sri Lanka.
These folks don't make headlines, the just get results.
I will say this, speaking to my fellow Christians. We have a great life here in America, even with Barack and the progressives. We don't have to endure the hardships that Mrs. Lovejoy conquered to stand for America, to stand for the unborn, to stand for Liberty or Christianity.
Progressive thinking has already killed untold millions of lives in this past century. Every day, liberalism kills the unborn. Are we so busy watching Deal or No Deal that we cannot take a few minutes to work for God?
God honors the sincere efforts of Christian people. We have a heritage that we can be proud of. However, that very tradition calls to us to stand for what is right, and we must not ignore our calling, or the sacrifices and blood of those before us.