There is this great story that come to us out of colonial North America, concerning a man by the name of Sir Edmund Andros born in 1674 – an English nobleman from London, and the 4th governor of colonial New York.
He was born with a silver spoon and believed wholeheartedly in the crown, the empire, and in the church. Upon becoming governor of New York – he earned himself many enemies – because he was a nice guy. He was called a Dutch sympathizer – one of the worst insults to be hurled during the infancy of British colonialism in North America. The crown recalled him to England, examined him, and found no wrong doing on his part.
He came back to North America and was promoted to the Governor of the Dominion of New England, the only such person to hold that title. With his new promotion in hand and his resolve to no longer be such a nice guy, he approached the Puritan churches throughout the colonies and asked them, “Would it be possible for the Church of England to hold services in your meetinghouses?” Read the rest of this entry »