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President Lincoln – a True Leader through Adversity

May 29, 2014

From his Second Inaugural Address:

“If we shall purpose 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 any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to him?  Fondly do we hope – fervently 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 bondsman’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.”

These words were not given for the purpose of pleasing the people, but for the purpose of leading them through a trial and challenging them to display honor and responsibility for their actions.  What genuine encouragement this is!

What a leader!


The whole transcript may be read here. I certainly recommend it!  The last paragraph is quoted on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

Lincoln Second Inaugural Addres

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