The Lord hath given us leave to draw our own articles. ... We have hereupon besought Him of favor and blessing. ... but if we shall neglect the observation ... and, dissembling with our God, ... the Lord will surely break out in wrath against us ... and make us know the price of the breach of such a covenant.
Now the only way to avoid this shipwreck, ... is to follow the counsel of Micah, to do justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with our God. For this end, we must be knit together, in this work, as one man. ... The Lord will be our God, and delight to dwell among us, as His own people, and will command a blessing upon us in all our ways, so that we shall see much more of His wisdom, power, goodness and truth, than formerly we have been acquainted with. ... He shall make us a praise and glory that men shall say of succeeding plantations, “may the Lord make it like that of New England.” For 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 ... 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 ... We shall shame ... God’s worthy servants,... their prayers [will] be turned into curses ... till we be consumed out of the good land whither we are going.
... “Beloved, there is now set before us life and death, good and evil,” ... love the Lord our God, and to love one another, to walk in his ways and to keep his Commandments and ... our Covenant with Him, that we may live and be multiplied, and that the Lord our God may bless us ... But if our hearts shall turn away, ... it is propounded unto us this day, we shall surely perish…
Therefore let us choose life,
that we and our seed may live,
by obeying His voice and cleaving to Him,
for He is our life and our prosperity.
From “A Model of Christian Charity” by John Winthrop