Thursday, January 29, 2009

Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address

Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address is a great read. You can find it at this link --

I've never heard much about this particular speech, but Lincoln's perspective on why God allows a war like the Civil War is quite amazing. He quotes Matthew 18:7, "Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!".

Carefully read this sentence from his speech, for it clearly gives his beliefs on the war. I find this to be an incredible quote:

If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him?

Abraham Lincoln has a better and greater understanding of God than our current President does today. In spite of all our power and technology and financial or military might, we have become lacking in a basic understanding of who God is and why He does what He does or why He allows problems in this world.

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