Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Who was John Rogers?
We have had in our home now for many years a reprint of the 1777 edition of the New England Primer. This Primer was used to teach children the alphabet and also, reading, writing and the Scriptures. Many of the early fathers of our country grew up with this type of training. While it may seem simple, with our modern complex education system. It is really telling, which one does the better job of molding character and setting the mind for good social service (showing love for his fellow man). The following is a poem that is in the midst of the primer. It is by John Rogers. In light of the conversation we have been having with many Roman Catholics, I thought it might be well to look back and be reminded of faithful men who stood firm against Rome, even when it cost them their lives and denied them opportunity to be with their wife and children, for they were looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of their faith.
With this in mind, let me say that I am profoundly amazed when men write such things as this before their death. As they instruct little ones to look unto Jesus and follow Him. That is fresh air. We hear so many today who simply want to have Christ for ease, but I say, "If you will have Christ, be ready to share in His sufferings. If you will love the Son of God, love Him unto death." This was the mind of John Rogers and many of those before him. May God grant us grace, that when we face persecution, tribulation, and trials, we can face those around us and even our spouse and children and say, "It is well with my soul to face these things for Jesus' sake, do thou likewise." Amen.
The primer says this concerning him and the poem: