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   It has been over 150 years since Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous “House Divided” speech in Springfield, Illinois. His speech came on the heels of the Second Great Awakening (1800-1850) when the country experienced a spiritual reawaking to God. His biblically inspired words were “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free.” Later in the Lincoln Douglas debates, Lincoln clarified his position: "I look upon it [the institution of slavery] as a great evil … It is the eternal struggle between these two principles—right and wrong—throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time.”

    In addition to the political perspective, what Lincoln was saying was that God would not allow the institution of slavery to stand indefinitely. A number of Founding Fathers were of the same opinion. Back in 1776, John Jay said he was “persuaded that Divine Providence will not permit this Western World to be involved in the horrors of slavery. … The Holy Gospels are yet to be preached to those Western regions, and we have the highest reason to believe that the Almighty will not suffer slavery and the Gospel to go hand in hand. It can not, it will not be.” At the Constitutional Convention George Mason said, regarding the intuition of slavery, that it brings “judgment of heaven on a country. As nations can not be rewarded or punished in the next world they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes & effects Providence punishes national sins, by national calamities.” Slavery was an evil because it went against God and his laws.

    When we look back on the pre and Civil War era we try to comprehend how so many people could have been spiritually blind to the evils of slavery. And yet that same spiritual blindness pervades our society today with the evil of abortion (53,000,000 deaths since Roe v. Wade) and with those who defiantly say there is no God and reject that He has laws that we need to follow. Knowingly or unknowingly they are at war with God. But on the other side, a growing number of Americans are awakening to those Biblical truths (the Third Great Awakening?) the country was based upon. This spiritual division between those who are willing to follow God, His laws and Biblical truths, and those who won’t is splitting the country apart. It is the eternal struggle between good and evil or right/godly vs. wrong/ungodly choices worked out through the lives of men.

Perhaps this is the speech Lincoln would have given if he were alive today.

A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half that will honor God and his laws and respect the Constitution and half that will not. I do not expect the United States to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. The opponents of God and his Biblical truths will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or the country will be severely chastised for its rebellion against God and for flaunting His Biblical laws for decades.

    One can see the evil and lack of respect for God and His laws in the lack of morals and virtue (Biblically defined) that is pervasive in our society today. You see the evil in politics especially with many progressive Democratic politicians (& some Republicans & others) with the lies, half truths, double standards, hypocrisy, race baiting, character assassinations, blasphemy, legislating against the laws of God, and lack of respect for the Constitution. You can see the evil with some in the Democratic Party with a number of incidences of voter fraud, trying to negate their fellow citizen’s vote which Samuel Adams said was “one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” You see the evil in a majority of the media when they omit major stories, edit audio and video, fabricate or misrepresent stories, editorialize the news, and continue to repeat known lies to further the political power of one political party over another. You can see the evil in those in society (many in media and activist groups) that constantly bash Christianity, and demean and mock those who hold Christian religious values and beliefs.

    Across the country there is a general feeling of uneasiness, a feeling that something is seriously wrong. Many hunger for the truth and are tired of the lies. Most Christians know in their heart that the country has rebelled against God. Spoken or unspoken, a number of Christians have a knowing that the apostasy has now reached the end. Some interpret storms, earthquakes, weird solar activity, droughts, and natural disasters that have hit Washington D.C. as warning signs given by God. Others believe that God’s judgment on the nation has already begun. How God it will sort it out and how devastating it will be is anybody’s guess. Perhaps God has already shared many details through revelations, dreams, and feelings of foreboding.

    While many today may find it difficult to comprehend, the country’s destiny is intimately tied to the religion of Jesus Christ. George Washington wrote, “The Hand of Providence (God) has been so conspicuous in all this, that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge His obligations.” And, "Wondrously strange, then, and much to be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means and to depart from the road which Providence has pointed us to so plainly." Lincoln came to know that destiny as well and today it remains our shared destiny as a people and a nation. The religion of Jesus Christ is one we should not and cannot escape. God is sovereign (One Nation under God), and no nation is allowed to violate divine law for an extended period of time with impunity.

    The Founding Fathers and patriots told us that it was our duty to acknowledge God (the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob), to follow His laws and commandments, and to humbly implore His protection and blessings. Conversely they warned that there would be chastisement if we went against God and his laws. God would not be just or merciful if he did not punish national crimes. Jefferson stated it well when he said, “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.”


WHAT WOULD ABRAHAM LINCOLN SAY IF HIS "HOUSE DIVIDED" SPEECH WERE GIVEN TODAY?

“The eternal struggle between these two principles-right and wrong… from the beginning of time.”
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