Some of these I’m sure are familiar, like this well know quote from Patrick Henry (1736-1799), famous for the “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech, who at the time was the Governor of Virginia when he expounded how our nation was founded.
It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Imagine if a Governor said that today. Most politicians rarely refer directly to Jesus Christ (regardless of party), rather than Christianity it seems like an American civil religion is promoted instead. The name of Jesus isn’t politically correct.
Benjamin Rush (1745-1813), signer of the Declaration of Independence, proclaimed what his only hope of salvation was… and it wasn’t the government, or this new nation that he helped to found.
My only hope of salvation is in the infinite, transcendent love of God manifested to the world by the death of His Son upon the cross. Nothing but His blood will wash away my sins. I rely exclusively upon it. Come, Lord Jesus! Come quickly!
And then, John Hancock (1737-1793), signer of the Declaration of Independence and first Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, along with John Adams (1735-1826), who would later become the 2nd President of the United States, responded on April 18, 1775 to a British Major who told them to disperse in the name of George the sovereign King of England by saying:
We recognize no sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus!