Bonds of Fraternal Feeling: the post Civil War unifying dream of Abraham Lincoln

A special Thanksgiving message.

“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds…to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”
-Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, Sat, March 4, 1865

Abraham Lincoln established Thanksgiving Day and as we move towards sitting together as families and friends around the Thanksgiving feasts, we need to be equipped as peace-makers and reconcilers without compromising justice, mercy and truth.

This message is intended to help building bridges instead of barriers in this post-election season. I lay out some Kingdom principles that can help Christians work towards national and local unity in the midst of our cultural diversity.

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.”
-Lincoln’s Second Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862.

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