[Over the last couple of days I have had the privilege of communicating with some dear Christians who have lost much for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Now, this suffering did not happen because of some foreign persecution in some foreign land. No, indeed! Rather, it was because they had discovered that the church they were attending had rejected the Gospel so clearly given to the saints. All of these Christians, some hurting, some hurting badly, all of them had decided that the joy they found in the Gospel was worth far more than rubies, far more than gold, far more than membership in a church, many of which had known since childhood. Each of these saints have lost friends, some their families, some their jobs, but all valued Christ Jesus much more than these things. What do you value most? What are you ready to give up for Jesus? In the memory of those who have lost their lives for the Gospel, and in tribute to those still suffering for the Gospel, wherever you are, I thank God for your witness and for the endurance of your testamony. And I say, “so persecuted they the prophets before you.” αὐτῷ ἡ δόξα εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας, ἀμήν. –To Him be the glory forever. Amen -MWP]
One of the proscribed Covenanters, overcome by sickness, had found shelter in the house of a respectable widow and had died there.
The corpse was discovered by the laird of Westerhall, a petty tyrant. This man pulled down the house of the poor woman, carried away her furniture, and leaving her and her younger children to wander in the fields, dragged her son Andrew, who was still a lad, before Claverhouse who happened to be marching through that part of the country. Claverhouse was that day strangely lenient; but Westerhall was eager to signalize his loyalty, and extorted a sullen consent.
The guns were loaded, and the youth was told to pull his bonnet over his face. He refused, and stood confronting his murderers with the Bible in his hand. “I can look you in the face,” he said; ‘I have done nothing of which I need be ashamed. But how will you look in that day when you shall be judged by what is written in this book?”
He fell dead, and was buried in the moor.
Taken from, “History of England” Chap. IV, James the Second. Written by, T. B. Macaulay
Meet the author and part of your Christian heritage: Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron Macaulay of Rothley (born October 25, 1800, Rothley Temple, Leicestershire, England—died December 28, 1859, Campden Hill, London), English Whig politician, essayist, poet, and historian best known for his History of England, 5 vol. (1849–61); this work, which covers the period 1688–1702.
Macaulay was born in the house of an uncle in Leicestershire. His father, Zachary Macaulay, the son of a Presbyterian minister from the Hebrides, had been governor of Sierra Leone; an ardent philanthropist and an ally of William Wilberforce, who fought for the abolition of slavery, he was a man of severe evangelical piety. Macaulay’s mother, a Quaker, was the daughter of a Bristol bookseller. Thomas was the eldest of their nine children and devoted to his family, his deepest affection being reserved for two of his sisters, Hannah and Margaret. At age eight he wrote a compendium of universal history and also “The Battle of Cheviot,” a romantic narrative poem in the style of Sir Walter Scott. After attending a private school, in 1818 he went to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he held a fellowship until 1831 and where he gained a reputation for inexhaustible talk and genial companionship in a circle of brilliant young men. In 1825 the first of his essays, that on John Milton, published in The Edinburgh Review, brought him immediate fame and the chance to display his social gifts on a wider stage; he was courted and admired by the most distinguished personages of the day.
In the first parliament elected after the act of 1832, Macaulay was one of the two members from the newly enfranchised borough of Leeds. He soon faced a problem of conscience when the question of slavery was debated. As a holder of government office he was expected to vote for an amendment proposed by the ministry but disapproved by the abolitionists. He offered his resignation and spoke against the government, but since the House of Commons supported the abolitionists the government gave way, he remained in office.
Character excerpts taken from the Encylopaedia Britannica