In 1858, at the close of the Illinois Republican convention, when he was nominated to oppose Stephen Douglas in the coming election for U.S. Senator, Abraham Linclon gave his famous speech - "A house divided against itself cannot stand." Lincoln strongly criticized Douglas for the role he played in the gains that the slave states had acheived since the Compromise in 1850. In particular - The Nabraska-Kansas Act - which was a repeal of the Missouri Compromise of 1820. These were territorial disputes, and for the advancing of the railroad, and also, on the debating of whether to continue slavery, which was a customary practice in that day, for a prolonged period of time...and, as we shall see, this is why Abraham Lincoln, not merely for his own personal gain in becoming Senator, but had the God-fearing honesty, decency and dignity, to step to the forefront, and lead us out of this sadistic debaucher three years later, when he took his oath of office in 1861, and with it, would come much heartache and tears - Th worst and bloodiest battle in all of American history - The Civil War. On March 4, 1861 - Abraham Lincoln gave his first inaugral speech, pleading with the South to remain with the Union, he did not want to take action militarily against the South for fear of pushing other states out of the Union. He sought to find middle ground. 18 months later, on September 22, 1862, The battle, the single most bloody day of the war, gave Lincoln the opportunity to make the greatest speech in all of American history - The Emancipation Proclamation which gave blessed freedom to slaves in all the states in rebellion. These are some of his words -
And, by virtue of the power and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated states and parts of state are, and henceforward shall be, free; and that the executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.
What a wonderful day it must have been, for millions upon millions, with tears of despair, replaced with tears of hope and effervescent joy, overflowing.
What kind of President was Abraham Lincoln? With his re-elction, in his second inaugral address, he provides us with the answer to that question...here's a few paragraphs from that address-
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 will 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? Fondly do we hope--fervently do we pray--that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth plied by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, "the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether." With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.What kind of man was Lincoln? A God-fearing Christian man! One of the most common arguments you hear coming from modern Secular skeptics these days is that, Christianity and the bible "support" slavery. What does the bible say? Were they treated like slaves were in the 1800s? Leviticus gives us some incite...Leviticus 25:53 - He is to be treated as a man hired from year to year; you must see to it that his owner does not rule over him ruthlessly. Hmmmm...Let's see, they got paid, were given plenty to eat, a place to sleep, they went to church (as was required by God), so forth and so on. Doesn't sound to me like cruelty or mis-treatment, but of servants of their own free will, willing to work, so they could survive, Unike today, with government spending on special treatment and entitlement programs, which translates into tyranny by judges.
Abraham Lincoln provided us with perhaps, the perfect role model for all Presidents, for all time to come, because he stood for? For freedom, and he realized that all of man's rights are from God, and that any civil body politic enacting any civil law that went against what God's Law says, isn't law, is tyranny, and must be overthrown. That's why slavery was defeated, it was the free and civil, God-fearing men and women, like Abraham Lincoln who believed in, and stood for freedom, who defied all odds for the freedom of America.The same goes for today, in far distant lands, many people and walks of life have zero freedoms to the desires atheist Communists, Iran is one of them, whose leaders are radical extremist oppressing their people so longing for freedom...but through the bravery and trust in Almighty God, they will see their freedom some sweet day, and the chords of tyranny will be broken!
Can America maintain freedom? With another Presidential election fast approaching, we must make a new decision for the future, just like Abraham Lincoln did a hundred and forty-seven years ago to ensure our future!
Who can meet the standards of POTUS today?
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