City Upon A Hill
First, Winthrop talks about the laws of nature and grace in regards to what is commonly known as the Golden Rule. This is known as to treat others as one would want to be treated. Winthrop quotes Matthew: 7.12, “‘Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you’” (Mulford 239). This comes from one of the ten commandments of the Bible where one is “commanded to love his neighbor as himself” (Mulford 238). This is important as it sets up how Winthrop feels his community should treat one another. He doesn’t want to see his Puritans as coming to this new world just in search of fortune or only a better life for each individual. Winthrop’s justification for a better life lies in his conviction that “The end is to improve our lives to do more service to the Lord” (Mulford 243). If his plantation is successful financially, it is only because God blesses them so that they might do more service to God when they don’t have to worry about financial hardship, or even just plain survival.
What is interesting is that
Cited: Mulford, Carla, Angela Vietto, and Amy E. Winans. Early American Writings. New York: Oxford UP, 2002. Print.