Ministers Leading the Way

Posted: July 20, 2009 in Category - Cultural War, Ministers Leading the Way

Was the American Revolution Popular?

Just how popular was the American Revolution? The answer might surprise you.

It’s easy to look back now, after more than 200 years of history, and assume that the American war for independence was quite popular in Colonial America. That is not really the case.

If public opinion polls had existed back then, historians conclude that colonists would have been split pretty much down the middle about going to war with England.

What was it that galvanized American opinion against the Crown? King George’s edicts and Parliament’s taxes, for certain, but another element played a major part in uniting Americans – the Colonial preacher.

In the 1700s, the center of American community life was the church. Pastors were viewed as the most educated, and, in many cases, the most influential members of most communities. Church services served as the source of worship, instruction, intercession, and local as well as national news. Many churches were also used for public meetings and city council chambers.

Among the lists of Colonial war heroes, one finds names like Muhlenburg, Caldwell, Clark, Witherspoon, and Moore – all men of the cloth, who not only inspired their congregations to the Biblical truth of independence, but who joined their men in battle.

Historians concur that without heroic ministers leading the way, Americans would most likely have never reached the unity of spirit that won them their independence.


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