Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Few Words From Abraham Lincoln

"We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven.  We have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity.  We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown.

But we have forgotten God.  We have forgotten the gracious Hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.

Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins and pray for clemency and forgiveness." - Proclamation Appointing A National Fast Day, March 30 1863

4 comments:

LindaG said...

I agree. Amen. I thank God that the prayer army before the election, put President Trump in office.
Now if we can just keep him there and somehow convince idiots to come to their senses or leave the country!

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

But I wonder - have we humbled ourselves, confessed our sins, and prayed for clemency and forgiveness? Even on the "winning" side, this seemed to drop off. Arguably, we need it more than ever -perhaps doubly.

Act II said...

The answer: we have NOT. We think ourselves high and mighty because we use His Name and yet fail to follow His instructions. We have elected a President of our own kind - one who gives lip service to the Lord without practicing His teaching, not that any other candidate offered up was any more God-fearing. And I fear we will very soon pay the penalty as a nation for our failure to follow His Word in our deeds.

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

In all fairness, with the exclusion of George W. Bush (who at least in my opinion took his faith seriously, regardless of your personal opinion of his time in office) we have largely been without such a President...oh, I do not know, maybe the entire 20th Century and most of the 21st Century to date? Possibly Jimmy Carter, but I do not remember his faith being as much a part of his Presidency as it became after his life. Not saying that there were not Presidents who were Christian, just not terrible public about their faith.