At The Crossroads

Mark Office

Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

Psalm 33:12 (NLT)
What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord,
    whose people he has chosen as his inheritance.

While I realize we are all tired of all the political adds that we have been bombarded with in the past several months, and sick of all the mud slinging from politicians on all sides. However, we must come to grips with the fact that our nation is at a crossroads, and this election will determine the course of our country for generations to come. Therefore, I think we should reflect of the words of perhaps the greatest leader our nation has ever produced. In the midst of a Civil War, President Lincoln said, “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 are blessed whose God is the Lord. We know that by His divine law, nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world. May we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war which now desolates the land may be a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us” (Abraham Lincoln, Oct 1863). Lincoln recognized that our problems are more spiritual and moral than they are anything else. His words are just as true today as they were in his time. Let’s hope that we take them to heart.

In Christ,
Pastor Mark


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