Thursday, February 12, 2009
"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 lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations."
Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865.
Biograhphy of Abraham Lincoln
There is a kind of revisionist POV being spouted off by some right wing radio folks that says the only thing the south was wrong about was slavery and that would have come to an end eventually (like all evil things do when you just let the free market have its way)
Well never mind that slavery is kind of a big thing to be wrong about...or that maybe the people who actually were slaves didn't want to wait until "eventually" came about...but it is true the Civil War changed this country and we became something the founding fathers perhaps had not envisioned - Union whose whole was something bigger and greater than its parts. And thank God for that and thank God that Lincoln had the vision to see that.
Lincoln wasn't perfect and he needed some prodding to see that the Union had to be about freedom for all - black and white--but what a great man he was. The right side won. Which is why the losing side shouldn't be flying their flag on U.S. property!
Posted by Pastor Joelle at 3:30 PM