In 1858 Abraham Lincoln, while accepting the Illinois Republican nomination for Senate, delivered his “House Divided” speech. It was his entrance into national politics at a time when the United States was divided over slavery. Lincoln’s central warning – “A house divided against itself cannot stand” – rested on the premise that a house should rest on a firm foundation for the family within it. Lincoln’s message was that our nation should have equality for all people as a bedrock of our foundation.
A mere five years later, in 1863, on the battlefield of Gettysburg in the middle of the Civil War, President Lincoln said: “Fourscore and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure.” At the end of his dedication speech, he gave a great charge to our divided nation: “It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” (Excerpts from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address)
Our nation is becoming more of a “house divided against itself” and—if we want it to stand and endure for future generations, if we want to live as if the heroes who went before us did not die in vain—then we MUST make an “increased measure of devotion” to preserving it! There is no better time to begin than the present. Lincoln struggled to rise from abject poverty—not to become wealthy or seek pleasure—but to serve a cause greater than himself and—he was assassinated for it.
What lasting legacy do we have to show for OUR life’s struggles?
Are we bogged down working for more what we can’t take with us? As Christians, we have the opportunity to live in the courage of a conscience made pure by God. We do not have to kowtow to the mob or the conventional wisdom of men. God is WITH those who love Him. The Bible says: “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (1 Peter 3:10-12) The Bible says we are ministers of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18) It begins with us.
The reconciliation of our citizens as “one nation under God,” rests upon each individual’s reconciliation and love of for the Creator.
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