In the spring of 1775 the settlers in the early American colonies were in a state of chaos. Protestant religious revivals, which subsequently became a permanent part of American culture, swept the colonies in the mid-eighteenth century. This Great Awakening preceded the American Revolution. Leaders of the Awakening caused a widespread call to a new spiritual birth in Christ to people of all backgrounds and social classes. This movement divided church congregations and caused people to rethink the authority of the church on society. The colonists appeared to be divested of their English rights by the British Crown. On March 23, 1775, an assembly met at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia. Patrick Henry presented his famous “Give
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Patrick Henry wanted the colonists to hear and see the truth of what the British were doing and understand that they would probably need to fight for freedom. Also, Mr. Henry could have used this passage as a reference to Psalm 115:5-6. Many people worshiped idols at the time the psalms were written and they took pleasure in what they could see and had disdain for what they could not see. People in the mid-eighteenth century still valued tangible objects such as their homes, clothing, and possessions rather than intangible realities such as freedom to worship freely and grow spiritually. Mr. Henry may have used this idea to remind the people that time spent obtaining tangible objects was as foolish and empty as an idol when they should be focused on obtaining their freedom from the British crown.
Patrick Henry says, “Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet.” (Henry 1775) Mr. Henry knew that some of the people used snares for trapping and would relate to the illustration but it could also refer to Proverbs 29:25 when the writer of wisdom literature warned that the fear