Thomas Paine (1776), reimagined as a 21st century Christian—his famous speech accordingly edited:

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier christian and the sunshine patriot church-goer will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country God; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman all true Christians. 

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this [Biblical] consolation that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness and only that that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom [in Christ] should not be highly rated.

“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison…” (2 Corinthians 4:18). See you in church.

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