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"I would save the Union."

Tomorrow, Sunday, February 12th is the birth date of President Abraham Lincoln.  Many think the Civil War was fought primarily over slavery. It was not.  For President Lincoln it was a constitutional crisis:  the Southern States had seceded from the Union.  In letter to the editor of New York Tribune, Horace Greeley, in response to Greeley’s editorial, Lincoln wrote the following which shows his clear and overwhelming focus of why we fought this war:

I would save the Union. I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. The sooner the national authority can be restored; the nearer the Union will be “the Union as it was.” If there be those who would not save the Union, unless they could at the same time saveslavery, I do not agree with them. If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union. I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause. I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors; and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views.” (italicized portions are original)

When the current elected holder of the Executive office can by edict decree our 1st Amendment rights and then tell private business what must be offered “free”, we are in a constitutional crisis of some magnitude.  The President is not upholding the Constitution.  Further, we have seen now for almost 40 years, a Biblical generation, in 1973 the bloody aftermath of Supreme Court decision as horrific as Dred Scott which both are and were against the Constitution.  As Americans we must not be swayed by the grip of personality and the persona of the office of the President as if he or she were royal.  There are many voices out there who want the “stream-line” the Constitution and make if more “efficient”.  No.  Lincoln’s statement must be our own: “I would save the Union” and specifically, we would save the Constitution from “all enemies foreign and domestic.”  His focus  was over-riding and ours must be also.  And as Lincoln wrote, we must do this “under the Constitution.”

The 1st Amendment:  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

We must petition the Government for a redress of grievances and peaceably assemble.  September 17th is Constitution Day.  From my little corner of the internet and this great nation, I suggest:  an assembly in our Nation’s Capitol to give a petition for a redress of grievances on Constitution Day.  We would ask all of Government to renew their vows “to preserve, protect and defend” the Constitution of the United States.  We would present a petition to the Government, that is all 3 branches, of the grievances against the Constitution that have been perpetuated in our days.  I ask this both as a citizen of the Kingdom of God in Jesus Christ and as a citizen of the United States.  If anyone reads this and agrees, please leave comment and then pass on this call verbatim or in your own words.   And I write always in light of the fact that Jesus Christ, the firstborn of the dead, is “ruler of the kings of the earth” (Revelation 1: 5)

Always keep our government in your prayers as Scripture tells us so to do (1 Timothy 2:  1-3)

Please pray about this,

The peace of the Lord be with you always,

Rev. Schroeder

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