How much do you have to believe in something and long for something; to be willing to give up your loved ones, your home, your livelihood... everything for your cause. Freedom of religion is a strong motivation. It's such a wonderful thing for people to have the choice to worship according to their convictions, or not at all. The reason I say this, is because I believe God gave us choice for a reason. He wants us to CHOOSE to serve Him, not to be forced.
Would you rather your child love you out of duty, or because they want to? I believe that's how God feels about us. Even though He is desperate to be in fellowship with every one of us, He wants us to make the decision to have a relationship with Him. When I was young, my mom always used to tell me, "Jesus is a gentleman. He will not on the door of your heart and wait for an answer, not just barge in."
The men who brought their families to this "new world" were in search of freedom from religious persecution. They were passionate about their beliefs. Those men were probably the great-great-grandparents of our founding fathers who fought for our independence as a nation. Imagine the heritage they passed down to them! No matter what our public school textbooks say nowadays, our nation WAS founded on Christian principles rooted in the word of God. I found these quotes recently and thought I'd pass them along:
"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." -George Washington