City on a Hill Essay

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God Almighty in his most holy and wise providence hath so disposed of the condition of mankind, [that] in all times some must be rich, some poor, some high and eminent in power and dignity, other mean and in subjection.... [Yet] we must be knit together in this work as one man. We must entertain each other in brotherly affection, we must be willing to abridge ourselves of our superfluities, for the supply of others' necessities. We must uphold a familiar commerce together in all meekness, gentleness, patience, and liberality. We must delight in each other, make others' conditions our own, rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our commission and community in the work, our community as members of the same body. So shall we keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.... We must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us, so that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause him to withdraw his present help from us, we shall be made a story and a by-word through the world. We shall open the mouths of enemies to speak evil of the ways of God.... shall shame the faces of many of God's worthy servants, and cause their prayers to be turned into curses upon us. Context: Winthrop, Puritan governor Occasion...starting the new colony, the Landing and establishing •God’s ordered, righteous city will be a place where men work together to help each other •God’s, ordered and righteous city will be a place where the concern for others is as important as our own welfare •This is will be a new place, and experiment in righteous living that the whole world will look to and judge if God is right This unity, sense of cooperative community is different than England, and much different than the purposes for the

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