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The Gettysburg Address and Today’s Civil War

When I think about this beloved nation of ours, I can’t help but wonder just what’s in store. The words of Abraham Lincoln keep playing over and over in my mind (I changed the first four words to reflect today’s year. Lincoln’s words are in quotation marks).

Twelve score and four 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 (again engaging – my emphasis) 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…”

Civil War may seem a little strong, but what should it be called? No, I’m not referring to the first civil war but the one that’s happening in our nation today. It doesn’t take much astuteness to see and feel the division and hatred.

During the four years of the War between the States more than half a million soldiers died. Both sides of the struggle, fighting for their ideologies and passions, lost more lives than in all the other wars this nation has been in throughout its two hundred forty-four year history combined.

Was it worth it then? It depends on who you ask as to what answer you’ll receive. I personally think so, but then again, I wasn’t around when it happened. To me, it was because all lives mattered and many were being treated as some sort of subhuman.

But is the war that’s being fought today the same as it was those many years ago? Are we fighting over things like slavery and the color of a person’s skin?

Or could it be something else?

Frankly, I believe it’s something else.

People are becoming more and more self-centered, more addicted to their own wants and desires. They don’t want to answer to any person or any God. They want to be in control.

Actually, it’s always been that way, but as time goes by the demand keeps growing. Laws are being passed by people who have the same desire for control. And with each new law, each new ”freedom” from antiquated and stuffy rules and values, there becomes an even greater desire for more and more ”freedoms”.

Now we’ve reached the point where almost anything is allowed, almost everything is legal, yet for many, it’s not enough.

So when will it stop? When will this war cease and life return to ”normal”?

This civil war is not like the first. This war will not end when one side surrenders. It won’t be over if a different person is in the White House. The division will become wider and wider. We have to understand there’s no winning this war unless everyone wins. Unless what’s good for one is, truly, good for all.

And the only way that can happen is for people to recognize there is a God in Heaven Who has the wisdom and ability to turn things around.

”Happy are the people who’s God is the Lord.” Psalm 144.

But as long as people keep fighting the ”God thing”, they will never quit fighting one another or each other’s ideologies.

I hate to make it sound so simple, but the only hope for America is God. Not my understanding of God, not your understanding of God.

But the Bible’s revelation of Who He is as demonstrated in the life of His Son Jesus Christ.

It’s time for each of us to humble ourselves before God and each other.

That is if we really want to see this nation healed.

It’s not over yet…

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There are at least two reasons why it’s even more important NOW to seek God on behalf of this nation.

1) the nation is as divided as I’ve ever seen it.

2) the election process is not a done deal. There COULD be a fly or two in the ointment…

In my opinion, the country is heading toward a not so civil war…maybe not state against state, but various people groups and ideologies all vying for their rights. Maybe not with guns and militias, but certainly with enough hateful words and actions that would only further divide us.

Pray for not only a peaceful transition from one administration to the next, but for Divine intervention, wisdom, and protection for all leaders.

Pray against rioting and murderous spirits. Pray for the spirit of humility to prevail over the spirit of pride.

There’s a spiritual undercurrent at work attempting to steal, kill, and destroy anything good, pleasant, and connected to Truth. It’s our responsibility, as citizens of God’s Kingdom, to seek God’s face on behalf of our land.

We must stand with God and against our foe.

Are We Really “One Nation” Anymore?

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Just some simple observations and a very important question.

The observations: there are so many conversations, Internet postings, radio talk shows (including short wave), regarding this present Administration regarding gun laws, healthcare, disregard for the Constitution, cover-ups such as Benghazi and Fast and Furious, the economy, and dictator-type leadership from the President.

So much unrest and discord. Remind’s me of the 60’s, except television and music were a lot better (in my opinion). So much polarization…

The question? With obvious tension growing minute by minute, is the United States of America headed for another Civil War?

I hope not.

Our spiritual enemy enjoys sowing discord and division among brothers, churches, companies, nations. In fact, he is a covenant breaker by nature. He operates behind the scenes, manipulating and maneuvering people into deep seated hatred and violence.

We must understand we will either allow this present condition to unite us or divide us. May God help us realize who the real enemy is and act accordingly.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV)

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