The most perfect speech ever uttered by mortal man was delivered on the battlefield of Gettysburg. It has been learned by unnumbered millions of children in school. It is actually an extended personification, where America is personified as a man who is conceived, born, dedicated, lives his life, engages in dangerous and perhaps mortal struggles, is born anew, and lives thereafter gloriously. Abraham Lincoln is immortal in the minds and memories of his countrymen, for on the battlefield at Gettysburg, this is what he said:
Fourscore 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.
The world noted, far more than he ever thought, the words that were spoken there, though Lincoln’s invitation to speak was an afterthought. The orator of the day, of course, was Edward Everett, perhaps the greatest in the land, who spoke for two hours. What did he say? No one knows. Lincoln spoke for two minutes and no one has forgotten! Remarkable, indeed. But the question I would ask of you today is: Is Lincoln immortal in any other way than merely in the memory of his countrymen? That, indeed, is a great honor, but it is little felt by those that are dead. Is he immortal in the far greater sense, next to which immortality and the memory of his people is but a pale substitute? Is he immortal in the real sense of everlasting life which Jesus Christ and Christ only can give to a man, or to put it another way:
Was Abraham Lincoln a Christian?
Now I, in preaching this message, am not endeavoring to merely exhume the bones of Lincoln for some kind of belated autopsy. But rather, this is another way of proclaiming anew that Gospel message with which he struggled all of his life in the hope that as we emphasize and sympathize with his struggles with the great verities of life and death and eternity, that some of you will ask yourselves the deeper and more relevant question: Am I a Christian? Are you?
Consider well the sixteenth President of the United States. Like the nation he described in its conception, Lincoln was conceived in the midst of great religious fervor. There was a revival going on in Kentucky in 1809 of the type associated with the evangelist Peter Cartwright. (By the way, when Lincoln was grown, he entered into a political contest with Cartwright in running for the same office.) But in the midst of a prayer meeting, young Tom Lincoln leaped to his feet in the midst of this religious fervor and began to dance around and sing. A moment or two later, a young lady by the name of Nancy, did the same thing. They were soon introduced, engaged, and shortly thereafter married. In the midst of that religious fervor, Abraham Lincoln was born to Tom Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Lincoln. Certainly a spiritually, encouraging beginning. His mother was a godly woman who sat Lincoln upon her knees day after day after day and read to him the Scriptures and encouraged him to remember it. Particularly, she encouraged him to learn the Ten Commandments. (Every parent should certainly have their children memorize the Ten Commandments.)
They had a profound effect upon Lincoln’s life. He said that whenever he was tempted to do something wrong, he could still hear the clear tones of his mother’s voice saying, “I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage . . . Thou shalt have no other gods before me . . . Thou shalt not steal . . . Thou shalt not kill . . . Thou shalt not bear false witness . . . “ Abraham Lincoln became known, believe it or not, as the most honest lawyer east of China. As a young prairie lawyer in Illinois, when his opponents forgot or did not know some points in arguments, he would remind them. Once, when he was a shopkeeper, he walked for miles to return an overpayment of only a few cents by one of the customers. Lincoln also had a great regard for the Sabbath, as well. At one time during the war, when he was President, he went to Falmouth and there he visited with the general, who told him he was going to begin on Sunday the March to Richmond. Richmond was the heart of the Confederacy, its capital, and this well could mean the end of the war, for which Lincoln had so fervently prayed for so long. But the general brought it up because he knew of the opposition the President had toward beginning military initiatives on the Sabbath day. The President was silent for a long while. Then he said, “General take a good rest and begin on Monday morning.”
Lincoln was never a member of any church. Would that the members of this church had as high a regard for the Sabbath as Lincoln did. I would like to express my appreciation to many writers who have contributed to this message. I have read thousands of stories about Lincoln, perused his entire total works, and numbers of biographies. I particularly appreciate William J. Johnson’s excellent biography of Lincoln. My appreciation to the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington for sending me copies of historical documents and affidavits from their archives, and to the late F. W. Boreham, the great Australian preacher, whose Outline I would like to borrow for this message, and also, many others who have brought to my attention new information.
THE AGE OF IRON
Boreham says there were three mountains Lincoln climbed where his life was changed. The first stage he described as the Age of Iron, where he “climbed Mount Sinai with Moses” in his effort to keep the command- ments of God. He had learned the Ten Commandments on his mother’s knee. Those commandments influenced his life in such an incredible way that he gave himself to studying them. When Lincoln was only nine, his mother sickened, and before she died she called him to her side and said to him, “I am going away from you now Abraham and shall not return. I know that you will be a good boy and that you will be kind to your father. I want you to live as I have taught you to love your Heavenly Father,” and then her last words, “and keep His commandments.”
Yes, Lincoln strove mightily to keep those commandments. But the question is: Was he a Christian? Listen to Lincoln’s own words: “I am not a Christian. God knows I would be one.” He said that he did not read the Scriptures like those clergymen in Springfield who opposed his election because of his skepticism. And they were right. When Lincoln came to Springfield, he fell in with some agnostic and skeptical friends who gave him, among other things, Volney’s Ruins, a great volume of unbelief which attacked viciously and articulately the Scriptures. By the way, Volney’s Ruins has been repudiated on every page, but Lincoln did not know that then. This had a tremendously chilling effect upon his boyhood faith, and he became quite skeptical. “I am not a Christian,” he said in the Age of Iron.
THE AGE OF CLAY
The second mountain Lincoln climbed was described by Boreham as the Age of Clay, when he climbed Mount Carmel with Elijah, where he was clay in the hands of the Almighty Potter. What was Lincoln like? When he was a young man, he looked in a mirror one day and said to himself, “It’s a fact, Abe! You are the ugliest man in the world. If ever I see a man uglier than you, I’m going to shoot him on the spot!” It would no doubt, he thought, be an act of mercy. What was his personality like as a young man? We’ve seen what he thought of himself, and of course, we can’t help but conjure up some pictures of this rather unique looking gentleman. He was six foot four in a world of midgets when everybody else was far shorter than they are today. He towered over everyone head and shoulders. Of course, there were those horribly long arms, the bane of his tailors, with these gigantic hands; that uncontrollable lock of hair on his forehead; deep dark eyes; sallow skin. Indeed, he could not see what any young lady could see in him. And yet, when you look at him sitting there in that great chair at the Lincoln Memorial, you can’t help but feel that somehow there is a certain grandeur about this man who thought he was so ugly.
What was his personality like? One day a young lady that he had attempted to date said, “Abe Lincoln, you are illiterate, self-opinionated, overbearing and abominably ill-mannered.” (She liked to beat around the bush.) What did Lincoln do? What, gentleman, would you do in a situation like that? He determined to completely change himself, and he turned to the Scriptures. He still had his mother’s Bible, and he began to read in the Sermon on the Mount and other passages in the Bible about what God intended a man to be like. Was he illiterate? He became the most literate President we have ever known. As I said, his Gettysburg Address is considered to be the most perfect speech ever uttered by mortal man, but I disagree. I think his Second Inaugural Address is far superior even to that. Was he proud and overbearing? He became the humblest President we have ever had.
Someone once asked me what I thought was his most outstanding quality. I said it was his ability to forgive anyone anything because he was himself so humble. Lincoln’s humility is further seen when, immediately after the war, he went to Richmond to the home of the President of the Confederacy who was, as you might imagine, “not home.” His wife came to the door carrying a little baby in her arms, the baby of Jefferson Davis. The baby reached out to the President. Of course, Mrs. Davis was astounded to see Lincoln standing in her doorway. He took the baby into his arms and was given a big wet smack on the face. He handed the baby back to Mrs. Jefferson Davis and said, “Tell your husband that for the sake of that kiss, I forgive him everything.” He was an incredibly humble man.
One time during the war Lincoln went to the home of General McClellan. Now McClellan had a hearty dislike for Lincoln, but he was a good general. Lincoln wanted him to become the general of the Army of the Potomac because the war was not going well at all. When he arrived at his home that evening with an aide, the general was not home. The butler ushered them into the library, and they waited. They waited for over an hour. Finally, the general came home, and the butler told him that the President of the United States was waiting to see him. But McClellan went upstairs. Ten, twenty, thirty minutes passed. Finally, the butler went upstairs and again said, “Sir, the President is still waiting for you.” In a few minutes, he came back down and told the President, “The general has gone to bed.” If you were President of the United States, what would you do? Lincoln went back the next night. His aide said, “Sir, how can you put up with that ill-mannered boor?” Lincoln replied: “Why, I would be willing to hold McClellan’s horse if only he will give victory to our army.”
He, indeed, was putty in the hands of the Almighty, and he had done this through studying the Scriptures. Theodore Roosevelt said that Lincoln mastered only one book and that was the Bible. He had committed thousands of verses to memory–many whole chapters–and he was trying to change his life to be what God would want him to be. He was a man whose life was filled with tragedy. His beloved mother died when he was but nine. Then his sister died. The woman he loved, Ann Rutledge, could never be his. After his father remarried, every Sunday his stepmother took Abe and his sister to the Pigeon Creek Hardshell Baptist Church. Here they listened to the fiery sermons about predestination, justification, foreordination, sanctification, and the new birth. He and Sarah sat in the front row and listened to it all but he never understood it.
He was married to a woman who certainly challenged his humility, Mary Todd. Lincoln is loved by people all over the world as the wife of the most beloved President the United States has ever had. But Mary Todd never saw anything good in him at all. As far as she was concerned he had terrible faults. He walked flatfooted, she said, with his toes turned down like an Indian. Furthermore, he slouched when he walked. He was head and shoulders taller than everybody else. Maybe he wanted to join the crowd. But Mary never saw anything good in this man. Poor Mary, or should I say, poor Abraham, but humbly he endured it all to the end.
THE GOLDEN AGE
Then the great tragedy of his life occurred when his little son, Willie, the apple of his eye, died. He was crushed. There is no doubt that he believed at this time strongly in the providence of God, though he could not understand and had rejected much else in the Bible, especially concerning the doctrines of salvation and redemption, which he could never understand due to the way it was presented to him. But he believed in God’s providence, and he was to climb now, at last, the third mountain, Mount Calvary, with Saint John. This was what Boreham describes as the Golden Age. There he was to find something he had never seen before. Was he a Christian at this time? Ward Lamon, who had been his law partner, who had been his private secretary when he was President, who had been his bodyguard for years, and who knew him intimately, said of Lincoln, “…the melancholy that dripped from him as he walked was due to his want of religious faith.”
But then little Willie died, the apple of his eye, his beloved son, his little boy. Lincoln was absolutely crushed. He was so overwhelmed with grief that he set aside every Thursday to mourn his death. After some period of time, when he would see no one on that day, but wept and mourned and lamented the death of his son Willie, Dr. Francis Vinton, rector of Trinity Church, came down to Washington from New York. He was a friend of the family and was allowed in to see the President. Not wanting to beat around the bush, he told him it was not right to mourn thus over his son. He said, “Your son is alive in paradise with Christ, and you must not continue.” Lincoln sat there as though he were in a stupor, and then his mind caught on to the words that Dr. Vinton had said, and he exclaimed, “Alive! Alive! Surely, sir, you mock me.”
“No, Mr. President, it is a great doctrine of the church. Jesus himself said that God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” Lincoln leaped to his feet and threw his arms around this pastor. He wept openly and sobbed, saying, “Alive! Alive! My boy is alive!” From that day there began a change in Lincoln that even his wife Mary noticed. His religious views began to dramatically change. There is a remarkable letter that comes to us from an Illinois clergyman who talked to Lincoln after this time. He said this to Mr. Lincoln (Again, I commend him for his boldness): “Mr. President, do you love Jesus?”
After a long pause, Mr. Lincoln solemnly replied: “When I left Springfield 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. Yes, I do love Jesus.”
By the way, when I preached this sermon before, someone challenged that statement. Well, I would suggest they do what I do. Go to Washington. Go to Ford’s Theater. Go across the street to the Lincoln Museum; ask for The Lincoln Memorial: Album-Immortelles in the O.H. Oldroyd Collection. The book was published in 1883, and the quote is found on page 366. But if you would rather not do all of that, then simply come to my study, and I will show you a photocopied page from that book on the stationery of the U.S. Federal Government Agency charged with caring for that museum. “Yes, I do love Jesus,” Lincoln said.
Mr. Noah Brooks, sometime after that, longtime friend and newspaper correspondent, said, “I have had many conversations with Mr. Lincoln, which were more or less of a religious character, and while I never tried to draw anything like a statement of his views from him, yet he freely expressed himself to me as having a hope of blessed immortality through Jesus Christ.” Lincoln said that he had found the peace that had eluded him all of his life.
“Therefore, being justified by faith” he now had peace with God. When a lady connected with the work of the Christian Commission later came to see him, he said: “I had lived until my boy Willie died without realizing fully these things [about the Gospel]. It showed me my weakness as I had never felt it before, and if I can take what you have stated [as to what a Christian is] as a test, I think I can safely say that I know something of that change of which you speak; [which is called the new birth, to which Lincoln alluded in that very speech: “that this country might have a new birth of freedom”], and I will further add, that it has been my intention for some time, at a suitable opportunity, to make a public religious profession.”
Dr. Gurley was pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, which Lincoln attended regularly not only on Sunday morning but also on Wednesday night. One Wednesday night he sat in a little ante room right off the chancel with the door halfway open so that he would not disturb the worship of others, but that he might partake. Dr. Gurley said that Lincoln had wanted to make a public profession of his faith on Easter Sunday morning. But then came Ford’s Theater.
He had just been elected for the second time six weeks before that. His spiritual understanding had matured greatly in the year and a half since Gettysburg. Every message was peppered with Scripture and spiritual insights. “His Second Inaugural Address is not only the most spiritual speech ever given by any statesman in the world,” said one of England’s leaders, “in my opinion, it is a far better sermon than most any I have ever heard preached in a pulpit.” And I would include, most certainly, my own.
These words from his Second Inaugural Address are carved into the wall of the Lincoln Memorial: The Almighty has His own purposes.
“Woe unto the world because of offenses! For it must needs be that offenses come; but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.” If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war, as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope–fervently do we pray–that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, “The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.” With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God give 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 had been to Calvary. His heart and mind were changed. The last speech he gave three days before his death was one in which he said that he was submitting a proclamation for a national day of thanksgiving to God. He said, also, that now that the abomination of slavery was removed, the next point on the agenda would be to get rid of the curse of alcohol which had so plagued the land. In his last meeting with his Cabinet on that Thursday morning in opposition to strongly held opinions by some of his Cabinet members, he said: “There will be no recriminations against the South.”
If he had lived, the history of postwar South would have been far different, indeed. His last act was to issue an edict that henceforth, on every coin would be printed the words: “In God We Trust.” Lincoln had been to Calvary. That night he was invited to Ford’s Theater to see a play he wasn’t really interested in. He had received that very day the news that the war was over. He sat in his chair in the presidential box that was supposed to be guarded by a soldier. He had talked about the curse of liquor that plagued the land. That afternoon a man from the South crossed the street and went into a tavern and had a number of drinks. His name was John Wilkes Booth. That evening a soldier from the North left his post, crossed the same street and entered the same tavern to have a drink while the aforementioned actor quietly opened the unguarded door to the President’s box and went in.
Lincoln was sitting up talking to his wife, not paying any attention to the play. He said, “Mary, do you know what I would like to do now? Now that the war is over, we could go to the Near East. [Booth stepped up behind the President] We could go to Bethlehem where He was born. We could visit Bethany where those hallowed steps were so often heard.” [Booth pointed his gun at the back of Lincoln’s head.] Lincoln continued, “And we could go up to Jeru..” BANG! . . . the maddest pistol shot in history rang forth.
Lincoln was carried across the street to a boarding house (which is now a museum) and laid diagonally across the bed that was too short for his huge frame. On the next day, Good Friday, he died. He was going to make his public profession on Easter Sunday. Secretary of War Stanton, when he looked down on that bed at his cold form, said, “Here lies the most perfect ruler of men that the world has ever known.”
Lincoln had climbed Mount Calvary, and he had come to know the Savior. Walt Whitman concludes his great poem, “My Captain, My Captain,” where he pictures Lincoln as the captain of the Ship of State which has come through a terrible storm and now lies upon the deck:
My captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still; My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will; The ship is anchored safe and sound, its voyage closed and done; From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won; Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells! But I, with mournful tread, Walk the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead.
But we cannot leave him lying there upon the deck of the Ship of State, for I would like to add one of my own: a fourth mountain that Lincoln climbed. Beyond Mount Calvary, the fourth was Mount Zion, where he went up to, not the Jerusalem in the Near East, but to the Jerusalem on high to the heavenly Jerusalem, taken there by Christ to whom he had consecrated his heart, and in whom he now trusted for his salvation. He had abandoned his trust in the commandments and in his own strivings, and now he trusted in Christ. Yes, dear friend, at long length, Abraham Lincoln was a Christian. Are you?
Prayer: “Heavenly Father, I pray that if there are any here who are still trusting in their ability to gain access into Thy heaven by keeping the commandments that they will see the utter folly of that. If there are any here who still suppose that by attempting to improve themselves they may make themselves acceptable to Thee who is of purer eyes than even to look upon iniquity, cause them to turn from trusting in themselves and to trust in Jesus Christ, who alone is their hope of eternal life that they, too, may go up to Jerusalem on high by consecrating their hearts and trusting their lives to Christ. In whose name we pray. Amen.”
D. James Kennedy A.B., M.Div., M.Th., D.D., D.Sac.Lit., Ph.D., Litt.D., D.Sac.Theol., D.Humane Let.
Very interesting article.
After the war, there were many in the South that didn’t know Dam Yankee was two words. 🙂
Religious views of Abraham Lincoln – Wikipedia
“On February 20, 1862, Lincoln’s eleven-year-old son died at the White House…One week after the funeral, he isolated himself in his office and wept all day…When his son died, Lincoln reportedly said…The good Lord has called him home. I know that he is much better off in Heaven.”
For the last two year, I’ve received several letters wanting to buy our 125 acres of farmland. This morning, I got a phone call from someone with a strange accent asking if I’d sell our land. I told them no. An hour later, I heard Fox News saying that China had and is buying American farmland.
Today, Judy’s son asked if we’d go with them on a boat trip to Alaska, but you have to have proof that you’ve been vaccinated for Covid which means I couldn’t go.
Wonder if they’d let President Biden go since he’s had all the shots?
I guess you’ve heard that he has Covid.
I did here the President has Covid. Double vaccinated, double boosted, sick with Covid. China’s playing a game with the USA. And they’re winning right now.
Have you heard that China has claimed they own the moon?
I’ve had my pickup 18 years, but the radio never worked when I turned the ‘nob’. Yesterday, my son pushed the ‘nob’ and it came on. Embarrassing, but I’m glad.
Hello out there to WADE and REX RAY.
I wonder if China will ally itself with Putin against the West in the coming troubles?
Perhaps it all depends on the outcome of the ’24 elections in our nation, but I am wondering if China aligns with Russia,
we will see conflict begin as when the AXIS powers aligned against the ALLIES in WWII.
It seems to me that Putin is a great threat to the West. Not all Americans feel that he is, though. Some Americans see him as an ally to the concept of America as ‘a Christian Nation’ (Christian Dominionism).
China is a mystery but if history shows us ‘patterns’, perhaps we will again see the ‘East’ (Russia and China) against our Western alliances
in the same way that
the Japanese aligned with Germany and Italy in the 1940’s.
If China ‘supports’ Russia, I think we are headed for conflict, yes.
Perhaps China will be wiser than that? Russia has so stolen its wealth from its people and given it to oligarchs (Putin’s ‘friends’), that their military is insufficient to conquer Ukraine. It looks like Putin’s generals lied to him about the strength and training and equipment of the Russian forces. Not surprising, considering Putin’s autocratic command that wards off ‘bad news’ and welcomes only what it wants to hear.
some thoughts on a Sunday afternoon
hope you all are well and stay cool in the summer heat and safe
Can you believe this???
I believe this thief should be put in stocks.
Your ‘take’ on China joining Russia is interesting. If China did join with Russia to achieve a goal, I believe eventually China would ‘drop’ Russia because China’s goal is to rule the world much like Hitler’s goal.
Thank the Lord for air conditioning.
Yes, thank God for air conditioning ! Next year is supposed to be even worse. We shall see.
I think IF our nation changes its form of government and abandons democracy, then we may likely join Putin against our former allies. I’d hate to see our nation call Canada an enemy, though. And our other English-speaking allies at present?
Putin despises NATO, so our old allies would be toast. His goal is to take the Russian ’empire’ back to its original glory. (?) I wonder if he means the old ‘Soviet Union’.
With the support of the United States under a different form of government, I think Russia could ‘take back’ it’s Soviet bloc nations and form Russia as it was under the Soviet rule . . . . . that means the USA would have to abandon NATO to align with Putin.
China? Not so stupid as Hitler. You know if Hitler had attacked ‘west’ instead of going into Russia, we all might now be speaking German. 🙂
Hitler made the same mistake as Napoleon in trying to attack Russia in the winter time . . . . big mistake!
REX RAY, do you think we in the USA will keep our current form of government (constitution, Bill of Rights), or do you see it changing into another form such as a Christian Nation ?
I’ve never seen so much division in our country. Strange days!
You said, “I’ve never seen so much division in our country. Strange days!”
I agree, there’s more division now than in the Civil War. I believe it started by ‘mail-in-ballets’ winning the election for Biden.
At one time America walked softly and carried a big stick, but now it’s walk softly and carry a toothpick.
I will be one of those ‘mail-in ballots’ from now on, if we still have the legitimate right to vote that way.
It looks like there is a great need to ‘secure the vote’ by making sure that:
1. EVERY American who is lawfully permitted to vote is given the opportunity to do so.
2. All avenues of possible cheating at the polls and with mail-in votes is prevented by lawful means that do NOT imperil the rights of any American citizens who DO have the right to cast their ballots.
There have, in the past, been far more attempts to keep legitimate voters from the polls but now there are ‘plans’ to be able to ‘cancel’ peoples’ votes if they ‘vote the wrong way’,
and these plans are being exposed and our Congress is thinking of making sure that ALL of our legitimate citizens are going to be permitted to vote in federal elections. This would include Americans overseas, some on duty for our military, and many who have disabilities that might physically prevent them from standing in lines to vote AT the polls.
One technique designed to keep legitimate folks from voting in one town involved secretly moving the voting polls to another building out of town, off of the bus routes and not posting its location or providing transportation for citizens who normally would have to take a bus. It worked for the ones who were scheming then, but it was ‘unAmerican’ in its time, sure. But that was before some people began to want to see democracy in our country end in favor of another form of government.
Putin’s spokesman today at the UN says that the election WAS stolen from Trump! So Putin is still promoting Trump.
What will happen in ’24 I wonder. (?)
Someone said it is actually a curse to live in ‘interesting times’.
We shall see. What do you think about ’24?
You take care and stay IN the air conditioning, if at all possible. This heat is a killer. Be safe.
In my opinion, no one would hire Biden to be ‘dog-catcher’. Even the Democrats believe he doesn’t have a chance to win.
What do you think of our Texas governor putting illegals who crossed the border on buses, and ‘dumping’ them at Biden’s ‘doorstep’?
One of these days his son’s laptop may put both of them in jail.
Did you see on Fox News where a 16-yearl-old boy wrestled two policemen (one was a woman) in New York? The boy had previously been arrested for armed robbery. He was put in jail but released without bail.
Also in New York, a congressman was on a stage when he was told, “You’re done!” A man attacked him. In his hand was a device that could kill. The congressman grabbed his hand and others took the man down. He also was released without bail.
What would Abraham Lincoln think of New York today?
Yes, REX RAY, I did hear about the attack on the congressman in NY.
How do you think our nation should deal with criminals and drug dealers?
Some have proposed death sentences for drug dealers. And there is an idea growing to form ‘tent camps’ around crime-ridden cities to house the homeless. Also to let the federal government call in the National Guard in order to fight criminals in troubled cities.
What do you think would be a good way to stop all of the craziness?
My father said, “Man is born to be lazy, tell lies, and steal.” He also said, “A church in town was better than a policeman on every corner.”
Years ago, on a mission trip to Japan, we worked with people from Africa. They said they’d thought about sending missionaries to America.
Strangers that read ‘Dear Abby’ would judge America to be rotten.
What America needs is many ‘Billy Grahams’.
Have you heard Nancy Pelosi plans to visit Taiwan, which upset the head guy in China? He said, “Play with fire and you’ll get burned.”
I believe China plans to rule the world.
China told Biden, “Play with fire and you’ll get burned.”
Google says all major powers have atomic bombs. Do you think China had that in mind when they said: “you’ll get burned”?
Judy’s favorite show on TV is OUTNUMBERED which covers the latest news. Today, Pelosi’s plane going to Taiwan will be escorted by a squadron of fighter jets, which China says is an act of war, and they will shoot them down.
I believe World War III is not too far away.
You may be prophetic about this, as divisions in the world are increasing and people are ‘taking sides’ – (the ancient name for satan is ‘the divider’).
My question is this:
which countries will be against which countries ???
I ask because I realize that
IF the USA abandons its form of government in ’24, which may happen;
THEN who will the USA align with as ‘allies’ ???? My guess is that it won’t be with our current allies in NATO.
It will just take one autocrat using atomic weapons to end life as we know it on the planet, sadly. After an atomic war, there will only be ‘survival of the fittest’ and with the poisoned Earth and atmosphere, even that will come to a sad ending.
. . . . . ‘not with a bang, but a whimper’ (I forget the author of this quote)
YES, you are right about needing a lot of Billy Grahams. As he was when he filled stadiums and people came to hear him preach. Seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it?
You take care in this heat. Stay indoors in the worst of it, if you can.
I believe America is the main country to prevent China from ruling the world. So, we are China’s first target, and after we surrender, other countries will follow.
Years ago, there was a scare of an atomic war. One of my sons had a plan to leave Dallas and come a hundred miles to where we live in the country. We also have a ‘safe room’ (house can be blown away, but it will remain.) They stored a lot of bottled water in the safe room.
CHRISTIANE, the battle of Armageddon is closer than it was yesterday.
Our battle right now is Racoons eating up our bird food. 😊
I think China prefers us as a trading partner. 🙂
I think there are far more Americans wanting us to ‘defeat China’ than Chinese wanting war with it’s biggest trading partner, for sure.
China IS ‘not a democracy’. But it is not stupid, either.
For some reason, the Japanese underestimated our resolve in WWII.
In the ‘balance of powers’ with the USA competing against China, I would expect to see China having to deal with our Pacific allies (current ones)
our form of government changes so that our current allies (Austrailia, S. Korea, etc. ) then become targets of our new form of government when democracy goes ‘out the door in 24’ (hope not, but it’s a possibility)
Hard to imagine us against the Brits, France, the Nordic countries, the Aussies, Germany and the Baltic states,
but I do think it might happen, if we align with Russia, N. Korea, and other countries who are not ‘western civilization’ countries . . . some of the South American dictatorships and the African dicatorships.
so I think a lot depends on our government in 2024 – and it’s anyone’s guess
we shall see . . .
About those racoons! They are SO CUTE . . . . they need to eat, too.
REX RAY, I feed a rabbit. Now there are 2 rabbits. Soon maybe more.
Apples, carrots, banana pieces. I wished I still had the baby blue bird in my front door hanging basket, but the little one has blown away. Was a blessing, though to see when it was in the nest. 🙂
Armaggedon? Only if certain ‘leaders’ choose to start WWIII, and some Americans actually want this to happen. Wow!
Strange times we live in. Loved the ‘old days’ in comparison, yes.
This morning, I turned the poach light on, opened the door, and shot at a racoon that was on the table with a shotgun while I was in the house. He ran off. A possum was still sitting on the ground, so I shot at him. He also ran off. My excuse is my right eye is only good for reading. 😊
I thought the noise would scare Judy, but she didn’t wake up. She can sleep through a thunderstorm.
God knows when every sparrow falls to the earth. (Mathew 10:29) “…Noah held out his hand and drew the dove back inside.” (Geneses 8:9) Several of the birds that eat on our table are doves.
This morning, Judy found a dead racoon.
“God knows when every sparrow falls to the earth. (Mathew 10:29) “…
God KNOWS this because:
“In His Hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”
Doves are my favorite birds, but that little baby blue bird nesting in my front door flower pot was a bit of heaven for a while. 🙂
“BANG!…the maddest pistol shot in history rang forth.”
Or, BANG!…the shot that hurt the world.