Testimonies 6. Abraham Lincoln: We’re going to be on God’s side


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In the United States, where Christianity is the foundation of the nation, there was a great president in history, and Tolstoy of Russia commented after Lincoln’s assassination: Lincoln has become a legendary figure in the eyes of the people of the world because of his “unique spiritual strength and great personality.”

During the Civil War, Lincoln’s subordinates advised Lincoln to pray to God for God’s side. Lincoln replied, “No, it’s not that God is on our side, but that we’re going to be on God’s side.” In a word, it expresses the true meaning of the Christian faith. For God is the truth, and to be on God’s side is to be on the side of truth, and to be on the side of truth will prevail over the forces of evil.

Lincoln’s parents were very devout Christians, and they named Lincoln “Abraham” for his profound religious significance. Lincoln grew up in this family environment, laying a strong foundation for his faith growth.

At the age of twenty-two, Lincoln left his hometown to do business in New Orleans in the South. He saw the scene of the auction of black slaves, a black mother and daughter struggled to hug each other, but the black slave dealer beat them with a whip, and one of them forced them away, the mother kept reaching out and grabbing them, and the girl cried as if she was about to die, and her whole body convulsed and twisted. Lincoln trembled with excitement, his hands clenched into fists, he couldn’t stand it any longer, and rushed out of the auction market. “How can such a thing be allowed to exist under a fair sky?” The scene was deeply imprinted on Lincoln’s heart, and he swore to himself, “I will do all my power to abolish slavery!” then he began to think about how to free the slaves, and he thought, “Unless I am a politician, no matter how hard I try, I will not be able to save a slave!”

So, he plans to go to the Illinois State Congressman, because his family has moved there for a while, and he is confident that the people in the village he knows will support him. After being busy and running around for months, Lincoln did not expect the election results to be announced, and Lincoln was defeated. However, he was not discouraged at all, but worked harder and more self-motivated, relying on odd jobs to make ends meet, and at the same time using his leisure time to study books on law, literature, history, and politics.

Two years later, he ran again for the Illinois State Assembly, where he was successful, and the following year, he was admitted to the bar with the highest scores. At this time, he was only twenty-five years old.

Lincoln practiced as a lawyer for fifteen years, during which time he continued to advocate justice for his innocent fellow citizens and preached the idea of “regaining the freedom of black slaves.”

To preserve the unity of the United States, to abolish slavery, Lincoln decided to run for president of the United States. In his campaign speech, he said in a sincere and firm tone: “Everyone knows that a country in which half the people are slaves and half the people are masters can never exist forever! 」

This straightforward and concise speech deeply touched the hearts of the people, and Lincoln was finally elected as the sixteenth president of the United States, defeating all opponents. Soon, the seven southern states that claimed slavery angrily withdrew from the Union and took the opportunity to bombard the northern bunkers. Thus began the famous “Civil War” in history.

Lincoln immediately gathered more than 70,000 volunteers to meet the Southern army. At first, the Northern army was repeatedly defeated, and to boost morale, Lincoln often went to the barracks, hospitals, and prisoner camps to talk to his subordinates, and the Northern army gradually turned defeat into victory. The following year, while the war was still raging, Lincoln signed the Emancipation Act, publicly declaring the abolition of slavery, and the four million black slaves in the United States were given precious freedom.

Later that year, Lincoln delivered his famous speech at Fort Getsburg, concluding: “Our nation, under God’s blessing, will be given a new liberty, and a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, will live forever in the world.” 」

Since then, “government by the people, by the people, and for the people” has become the highest indicator of American founding.

On the night before Easter in 1865 (April 14), Lincoln was assassinated by an actor named Booth, a Southerner who was dissatisfied with Lincoln’s emancipation of black slaves.

Lincoln’s death shook the world like a bolt from the blue, and even though the facts were still alive in front of them, people still asked blankly, “Is such a good person dying like this?”

Today, in Washington, D.C., there is a Lincoln Memorial with a beautiful statue of Lincoln.

When people look at him and pay homage to him, they will always perceive the aura of honesty, perseverance, and wisdom in that warm smile, which comes from Lincoln’s devout faith in Christ. He drew wisdom and strength from God Jesus Christ to give America a new lease of life and to enable blacks to return to their homes, a great benevolent man who preached the love of Jesus Christ like a lamp that never goes out to illuminate the hearts of all good human beings.

I. The Life of Lincoln

At dawn on February 12, 1809, in a log cabin 3 miles south of Hall in Harding County, Kentucky, a little boy was born. He was none other than one of the greatest figures in history, the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

In Lincoln’s own words, his childhood was “a concise chronicle of poverty.” As a child, his family was poor. When he was 9 years old, his mother died. For a variety of reasons, Lincoln’s combined education as a child was less than a year. He also worked as a farmman, a stonemason, a boatman, etc.

In 1830, the Lincolns moved to Illinois, where he made his first political speech at a political rally and began his political career. In 1860, Lincoln was elected the 16th president of the United States as the Republican candidate. Shortly after taking office, Southern slave owners provoked the Civil War. In September 1862, Lincoln issued the famous Emancipation Proclamation, announcing the abolition of slavery. In June 1864, the Civil War ended with a Northern victory. Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865, and at 7:20 the next day, he stopped breathing.

II. Lincoln’s Faith

Lincoln was not a Christian in his early years. When he came to Springfield, Illinois, he made a group of friends who were atheists. They gave him a copy of “Ruins” by Wallnay. It was a sharp-tongued, vicious attack on the Bible. Instead, through these people and books, God made Lincoln read more of the Bible and found the power to shape and change him. During the tragic years of the Civil War, Lincoln became more aware of God’s omnipotence and eventually became a devout Christian. Everything Lincoln did after that was deeply impregnated with the words of the Bible.

According to his dear friend, Pastor Leed, “He was in the White House, praying every day, never stopping. According to Mr. Brooke of the New York Tribune, with whom he was a close friend, “Lincoln read the Bible and prayed, and he kept watching. ”

III. Lincoln’s famous remarks

During the Civil War, his subordinates learned that Lincoln believed in God and suggested that he pray that God would be on their side. Lincoln replied, “No, it’s not that God is on our side, but that we’re going to be on God’s side.” In one word, he expressed his trust in Christ. For God is the truth, and to be on God’s side is to be on the side of truth, and to be on the side of truth will prevail over the forces of evil.

President Abraham Lincoln once lamented the evils of the times: “We have received the greatest favor from our Heavenly Father, and since the founding of our nation, we have grown in peace and well-being, far surpassing other nations in terms of population, wealth, and power.” But we are ungrateful, forgetting God, forgetting that his hand blesses us. And again: “We are so addicted to our own achievements that we are complacent and complacent, that we do not need God’s salvation and protection, and Lelu is so arrogant and conceited that we do not pray with thanksgiving to the God who made us.” “President Lincoln’s words are a cause for deep reflection!

President Lincoln’s “statecraft” is as follows:

1. If you want to prosper, you must not abandon frugality. 2. Help the small people, and do not defeat the great men. 3. Inspire the weak, not weaken the strong. 4. Preferential workers, not ridicule employers. 5. Relief for the poor. 6. Get rid of your troubles, not by squandering. 7. Promote the love of fellow citizens and do not incite class hatred.

Lincoln made Christianity the foundation of the United States and showed the people of God the greatness and omnipotence of God. His unique spiritual strength and perseverance have also made him a legendary figure in the hearts of people all over the world. May we, like Lincoln, choose to be on God’s side.