Lord Loudoun’s effort to get men from the colonies to build an army against Louisburg and other battles failed badly in 1757. The colonial governors refused to raise the necessary quotas. As 1758 began, Massachusetts led the opposition.
Little wonder: Loudoun’s aristocratic arrogance coupled with his equally arrogant, unilateral decisions offended all the governors. They finally determined among themselves what they would contribute to Loudoun’s demands. The infuriated Lord summoned the governors of New England, New York and New Jersey to Hartford, February 20, 1758. He criticized them for their impertinence and harangued them to comply with his goals.
When the Massachusetts governor protested that his colony wouldn’t tolerate the Lord’s dictation, Loudoun forgot himself and his position, lost his patience, rose and stomped out. He thought this show of temper would get their attention and change their mind.
It did neither.
Then, March 10, 1758, the Governor of Massachusetts, Thomas Pownall, received two letters from Secretary of State William Pitt in London. The first one said that Loudoun had been relieved of his position as Commander-in-Chief. The second urged Pownall and all other colonial governors to use their personal influence to raise as many men as each colony could provide. The key to the correspondence was the new strategy England used. The colonies were to be considered more equal to their British counterparts, with soldiers under their own colonial officers. The letter also informed the colonials that the Crown would buy the needed military equipment and supplies, in addition to reimbursing them for “other expenses.”
Wholesale changes occurred in the colonies. Because they would receive more equal authority in combat; because the Crown would pay more of the expenses; because they were considered more like equals with Great Britain against France, Massachusetts voluntarily agreed to enlist 7,000 men for Abercrombie where it wouldn’t agree to enlist 2,128 men for Commander-in-Chief Loudoun. War That Made America, pp. 119-122
The British leaders realized the need of concessions to the colonies in 1758. Only 12 years later they had resumed Lord Loudoun’s authoritarianism. They could have learned from Pitt’s conciliation in 1758 to placate America. Instead they chose war and lost America.
First spiritual principle. Concessions are often necessary where humans interact with each other. Even where some lead and others follow. Wise Christian leaders know when to offer them. Second spiritual principle. It never applies when humans interact with God. In every situation, God rules; we obey. God demands; we comply. God determines; we trust. Third spiritual principle. That being true, Jesus nevertheless proved the greatest leader ever by seeing himself as the Great Shepherd, not the Great Sheepherder. Leading by example, not force. By going ahead, not following. By caring for his sheep, not victimizing them. Jesus could get more out of a person in his approach than 10,000 with their own.
Only those resistant to his Grace consider him Unfair. Every person accepting him, his rule, his demands, his authority, experiences Love, Joy, Peace, Righteousness. Indeed, they will do anything he wants because they know he always cares, always provides, always forgives. He’s our Friend, even though “he is the King.” He’s our Brother, even though he’s God’s One and Only Son. “Whatever you want, Lord, say the word. We’re ready to serve.”
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