Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving miracle

It is said that he loved America more than any man in history.  Life used that love against him by breaking his noble heart again and again.  No President has ever had his soul so tortured, as Lincoln did by the crashing waves of bad news he received from the great civil war.

 

But it was Gettysburg that inflicted the incurable wound in his soul.  During the first week of July of 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg occurred, resulting in the loss of some 60,000 American lives. Four months later in November, Lincoln delivered his famous “Gettysburg Address.”

Historians with a secular agenda have tried to hide a miracle that happened to Lincoln.  They had a good reason!  His miracle strikes at the heart of God’s relationship to America.

It was while Lincoln was walking among the thousands of graves there at Gettysburg that he committed his life to Christ. As he explained to a friend:

“When I left Springfield [to assume the Presidency], I asked the people to pray for me. I was not a Christian. When I buried my son, the severest trial of my life, I was not a Christian. But when I went to Gettysburg and saw the graves of thousands of our soldiers, I then and there consecrated myself to Christ.”

One of the immediate results of his conversion to Christ is the holiday you celebrate today.   You see, Mrs. Sarah Joseph Hale, the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book promoted the idea of a national Thanksgiving Day for thirty years, contacting President after President until President Abraham Lincoln responded in the very month of his conversion, by setting aside the last Thursday of November as a national Day of Thanksgiving.

In that same supernatural month, God gave him the one speech that he is most remembered for and is still considered the greatest speech in our history.  Take a moment and reread it in the form that most historians say is the true version:

The Gettysburg Address

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate—we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom— and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Now Mr. Lincoln wishes to make a few statements to you in this Thanksgiving to a deeply divided and vulnerable nation.

-When you sit down together remember I had in mind for this day.  To bow in humble gratitude to God for the miracle that is America.    Remember that because of God she is unique and exceptional in the entire world.

To thank the millions who fought and died to give you the freedom to have this meal today and every day.   Those who died have consecrated not only the hallowed ground of Gettysburg but of every square inch of what is America.  Even the ground that angry anarchists stand upon with freedom to curse this nation and burn our flag is hallowed by the blood of brave American soldiers.

Let their sacrifice renew our gratitude and deepen the value we place upon those ideals for which they died.

-Rededicate yourself.  God is not punishing you but He has honored you by letting you live in the time of His greatest works.   Let their sacrifice renew our gratitude and deepen the value we place upon those ideals for which they died.

Do not despair or look for escape.  You have come to the Kingdom for such a time as this.  Do not look at the impossibility of the task before you; “to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

-Believe that a miracle once begun cannot be stopped but can be renewed even in the darkest seasons of history.  America can come back. America can be resurrected from her anger, division and soul sickness.  Let your dinner be a time of rejection of fear and a reaffirmation of faith in the future, “that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom— and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Today we work to restore free speech to the American pulpit

 

SILENCE IN THE FACE OF EVIL IS ITSELF EVIL: GOD WILL NOT HOLD US GUILTLESS.  NOT TO SPEAK IS TO SPEAK.  NOT TO ACT IS TO ACT.”  -Dietrich Bonheoffer

Today is Sunday October 7th. Pulpit Freedom Day.  Today in thousands of pulpits brave pastors will speak out about Obama record it, and send a copy to the IRS.  By this act of defiance they are confronting two great evils.

  1. Many are going to tell their people to stop Obama’s agenda for America.
  2. They are going to oppose a tax law that is wicked from birth.

No one needs to tell you why the Church must speak out at this time.  Any pastor who says that they do not want to get political is practicing the worst form of politics.  They are remaining silent to save their jobs and to keep from losing members.   I cannot fathom a pastor who would rather lose a nation than lose a tither.

Dietrich Bonheoffer opposed Hitler when the complacent Lutheran pastors felt it was not their place to speak out.  Eventually it was too late to speak out.  I believe we are living out that same nightmare scenario in America.  We are watching a man run a campaign like a desperate crime boss.

He intimidates those who oppose him.  He forces agencies to change facts to suit his purpose.  He is given a complete pass from the media.   For example, Obama has already committed a crime that far exceeds Watergate.  Obama refused to send protection to our Embassy in Libya.  They begged for it and he said no.   Because of that, 4 American diplomats died.

The other evil that pastors are confronting is Lyndon Johnson’s breathtaking corruption that has silenced Pastors since 1954

The history of Johnson’s IRS gag order is instructive. It began with what some historians believe to be a fraudulent election of Johnson to the Senate in 1948. It has been maintained by both conservative and liberal historians that Lyndon Johnson’s election to the Senate in 1948 was won by massive voter fraud. Known as “Landslide Lyndon,” this aspiring politician was “elected” by only 87 votes. His challenger, Coke Stevenson, challenged his election and presented credible evidence that hundreds of votes for Johnson had been faked. Johnson, however, was successful in blocking Stevenson’s effort by the clever use of “cooperative” court injunctions.

In 1954, Johnson was facing re-election to the Senate and was being aggressively opposed by two non-profit anti-Communist groups that were attacking Johnson’s liberal agenda. In retaliation, Johnson inserted language into the IRS code that prohibited non-profits, including churches, from endorsing or opposing candidates for political office. In effect, Senator Johnson used the power of the go-along Congress and the IRS to silence his opposition. Unfortunately, it worked. Some in Johnson’s staff claimed that Johnson never intended to go after churches, only the two “nonprofits” in Texas. Nevertheless, his sly amendment to the tax code affected every church in America, and it is a violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

Under Obama, will this this gag order expand until the Gospel itself becomes illegal because of its effect on gays, Islam and socialism?   Do you really want to find out or do you want to follow Peter’s example today,   Acts 4: 18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”