What would Abe Lincoln say about America today?
Many people wonder what has happened to our country. Out of frustration, some ask questions on social media about the moral decline in America: How did we get here? How did we reach the point where this people, a nation “under God”, failed so miserably to keep His commandments? John R.W. Stott once said:
We should not ask ‘what’s wrong with this world?’ For that diagnosis has already been given. Rather, we should ask, ‘What has happened to the salt and light?’
The root cause of every moral failure, problem, and societal decline is sin. And for a culture in which sin is celebrated and promoted, God’s judgment is right around the corner.
A society that used to claim Christianity now allows the murder of 4,000 innocent babies a day – government approved and funded by our taxes. Washington D.C. has an irresponsible spending addiction; and instead of cutting spending and paying down the national debt, government keeps spending what they do not have. The Bible considers this “the love of money.”
Unelected Judges overrule the will of the people in many states that once voted to protect the definition of marriage as homosexual activists continue to push their agenda in every part of our culture. The next step must necessarily be to silence the speech of Bible-believing Christians.
God was kicked out of, and His Word banned from, public schools that once promoted and valued its principles. Instead, they’ve ushered in “health” education including the approval of sexual experimentation, promiscuity, and government-funded distribution of condoms to young kids, promoted by Planned Parenthood.
We used to have it all, didn’t we? In such a blessed nation, it’s obviously very easy to take things granted. It’s also easy to trust in our own strength, wealth, and accomplishments. We forget what it cost our founders and early American patriots to form this republic.
We have also forgotten much of the history that has under-girded America; therefore, society’s tone has gone from spiritual to secular. We have gone from having a reverence for Almighty God to being complacent at best and hostile toward God at worst. Pride comes before a fall, and this country is tumbling quickly.
When President Abraham Lincoln, perhaps one of the most well-versed presidents in the Holy Bible, resided in the White House, he gave his now famous Thanksgiving proclamation in November 1863. He mentioned America’s need for softened hearts and for gratitude toward the Most High God for His gracious gifts.
Earlier that year, President Lincoln, with full agreement and support of the U.S. Senate, declared a lesser known national day of fasting and prayer to God. Only 87 years after celebrating America’s independence and freedom as a nation, Lincoln saw that the country was showing signs of comfort and complacency that went hand in hand with spiritual apathy. As some Christians believe the terrorist attacks on 9-11-2001 were part of God’s judgment on America, Lincoln believed the Civil War was God’s judgment on the nation for its sinfulness. Here is a partial text from Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation:
And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations, like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world; …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; …Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient …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 to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
Imagine what our founders would say if they could see America today.
Our nation reflects the Church and is suffering because we have grown lukewarm. Jesus is standing outside knocking on the door asking to be invited in (Revelation 3:20). We must set an example for unbelievers by repenting of our individual sins and our apathy. We must then recommit our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ and proclaim His truth to a dying culture, regardless of current trends and the popularity of moral relativism. Next, we need to decide if we will live our lives seeking the approval of God or of man. Who are we serving? The choice is ours.
If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15-16