Whose Time Had Come

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Although many people moved to the colonies for religious freedom, it was not long before the morals began to loosen and religious expectations became a small, unimportant sector of everyday life. As the first and second generations of colonists began to age and eventually die off, the upcoming population gave into temptations of the world and were soon far away from the hand of God. When the separatists made the trip overseas to the new world, they embarked on the dangerous journey in sight of a place to raise their children under a government that allowed them to have more of a say in the religious aspects of their children's lifes. The move to the colonies allowed the parents to better oversee the child's religious education, but this plan for a new land of religious freedom and concentration on God would eventually become overlooked. The colonists became disinterested in a relationship with God, attending church services, and even upholding moral standards. While being a church member was crucial to a citizens role in the town, the adults eventually saw little meaning in these requirements (Tracy, 2). “In the early days of New England, none but church members could hold any office, or vote at elections.” (1) The Puritans laid a discouraging amount of weight on a colonists to be a part of the church. “Exclusion from the Lord's table, -that is, excommunication,-was attended with the loss of certain civil rights, and, in most countries, followed by the infliction of
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