So here’s a brief overview of Lincoln’s beginnings: Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809 in a one room log cabin in Kentucky, Illinois. His parents, Thomas and Nancy, were farmers. His mother passed away when he was nine and shortly after his father remarried. Lincoln was known for his height, telling stories, wrestling, and wielding an axe. But in search for something greater he ended up leaving home at 22. Lincoln got his share of odd jobs and was even the Captain of a voluntary company in the Black Hawk war. Things started to look up for Lincoln as he was elected to the state legislature in 1834 and soon after he received his license to practice law. By 1838 he was elected for the third time to the legislature. Did I mention that he only had 18 months of schooling?
Then by 1842 Abraham Lincoln was married to Mary Todd. They had four children: Robert, Edward, William, and Thomas. Unfortunately Robert was the only child to live to adulthood. It was said that Abraham loved children, and the loss of his sons was very hard for him to endure. Abraham Lincoln was elected as the Unites States President in 1860 and inaugurated March 4th 1861, thus the beginning of the Civil War. President Lincoln was re-elected for a second term in 1864 and the war ended April 9, 1865. Of course 5 days after the freeing of millions of slaves, Lincoln was assassinated in Ford’s Theater.
So now that you have a rough background of our 16th President, I would like to share some quotes from him that he addressed, that I believe still stand true today!
First I would like to state that Lincoln was voted in as President in a time when slavery was huge in the US and it was considered “normal”. Lincoln’s stance from the beginning was strongly against slavery and yet he was still elected President. I do believe God had raised him up for this time in history. Lincoln was uneducated and a very unlikely candidate, with a message that angered many men. His whole time in office was challenged with the Civil War, and yet he did not back down on his beliefs. Because of his moral stance, he was able to weather the storm and live to see the day of the freeing of millions of slaves!
In a speech at Edwardsville, Illinois:
“Familiarize yourselves with the chains of bondage and you prepare your own limbs to wear them. Accustomed to trample on the rights of others, you have lost the genius of your own independence and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises among you.”
Regardless of what some might say it obvious that Abraham Lincoln was a man of Faith who put His trust in the Lord. Here are some words exchanged from Lincoln to his pastor, Rev. Byron Sunderland:
“ The ways of God are mysterious and profound beyond all comprehension-“Who by searching can find Him out?” God only knows the issue of this business. He has destroyed nations from the map of history for their sins. Nevertheless, my hopes prevail generally above my fears for our Republic. The times are dark, the spirits of ruin are abroad in all their power, and the mercy of God alone can save us.”
On March 30, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln issued a historic Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day:
“It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history: that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord…”
I know that today, in America, there is a new breed of slavery that has been rising up. It has been creeping its way into many US cities. This is a business for many men and has become a way of life for many innocent women. It is known as HUMAN TRAFFICKING. From the past shared here through the story of Lincoln, we know how horrific this issue of slavery can be on a nation. Lincoln even stated that the Civil War was a punishment in itself for the sins of the nation. He said, “And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisement in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people?”
Thankfully there has been a move against this “modern day slavery” that has brought awareness to our nation and others. But we the people need to take the stand and hold our ground until we see the freeing of millions of those that have been bought into human trafficking. How can you help? I think Lincoln had it right by declaring a day of fasting and praying, so let’s start there. Then you can know the truth, take action, and raise awareness.
Here are some websites you can go to, to learn more about HUMAN TRAFFICKING
For those of you that have more information on this issue of HUMAN TRAFFICKING please share!
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Thank you for reading!