Christianity in Politics Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address; March 4, 1865

Christianity in Politics

 Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address; March 4, 1865

The use of providence by an American President in a pre-Marxist/Atheist world

Taking a reconciling view towards the South instead of trumpeting his recent victories, Lincoln said;

“Both (north and south) read the same bible and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, but let us judge not lest we be judged.”

Lincoln then went on to assign the guilt of slavery to both sides of the war, saying that God had sent, “to both sides this terrible war.”

He went on to say that he fervently prayed that the war would pass quickly but;

“If God wills it to continue to the wealth piled up by the bondsman’s 250 years of unrequited toil…and every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn by the sword; as it was said 3000 years ago so it must still be said; ‘The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.’ The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes.”

Christians in America had been warning for over 250 years that God’s judgment would fall upon America for the sin of slavery, from the early Puritans to Abigail Adams and from scores of other well-known individuals. They expected judgment.

Today, in a Nation that has snuffed the life out of 56 million infants, we raise our voices in shock and disbelief for every national tragedy that befalls us, and the atheists raise the loudest wail of complaint of all against the God they say they don’t believe in.

Because they become incensed against God, they say He is evil, and therefore He does not exist.

Is that a good argument?

Have a great day.

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