John Ashcroft: 'We Have No King But Jesus'

John Ashcroft's remarks at Bob Jones University in May 1999.

BY: John Ashcroft

Attorney General-designate John Ashcroft's remarks at Bob Jones University's commencement on May 8, 1999:

Thank you very much, Dr. Bob. I want to thank each of you for investing yourselves in the mission of Christ - in redemption and forgiveness, and for preparing yourselves in the way that you have.

A slogan of the American revolution which was so distressing to the emissaries of the king that it was found in correspondence sent back to England, was the line, ``We have no king but Jesus.'' Tax collectors came, asking for that which belonged to the king, and colonists frequently said, ``We have no king but Jesus.'' It found its way into the fundamental documents of this great country. You could quote the Declaration with me, ``We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.'' Unique among the nations, America recognized the source of our character as being godly and eternal, not being civic and temporal. And because we have understood that our source is eternal, America has been different. We have no king but Jesus.

My mind, thinking about that, once raced back a couple of thousand years when Pilate stepped before the people in Jerusalem and said, ``Whom would ye that I release unto you? Barabas? Or Jesus, which is called the Christ?'' And when they said ``Barabas,'' he said, ``But what about Jesus? King of the Jews?'' And the outcry was, ``We have no king but Caesar.''

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