On President’s Day we honor George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
Both men led in tumultuous times. Washington sought to unify a group of fiercely independent men. He was the only President to win election and re-election with a unanimous vote of the electoral college.
Lincoln wanted to heal and unify a divided nation. After winning the Civil War, he said, "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."
These too are tumultuous times. Never have we needed unity more. Never have we been more divided.
However, America's history gives us hope. George Washington united a country which initially was split in three ways - patriots, supporters of King George, and the those who were aggressively neutral. His sacrifice and heroism gave us a new nation.
Abraham Lincoln made clear that his top priority was the preservation of the union. He succeeded, and here we are, still one nation.
I am personally convinced that we can only remain one nation by remaining "under God." There must be a recognition that we all answer to a Higher Authority than ourselves. Unless we first agree that there is truth that transcends human whim and sentiment, what basis is there for any other agreement? This is the great danger of moral and cultural relativism which is so prevalent in our country. For many, the only truth is their subjective "feelings." That is a very shaky foundation upon which to stake the future of America.
If we are not "under God" we cannot be one nation "with liberty and justice for all."
That is why STAND is trying to spark a Christian Awakening in America. Christianity and Judeo-Christian values are the bedrock of our country, our Constitution and our political, economic, and military success. Without Christianity, our Constitutional Republic would not have been created and cannot be sustained.
This is the only way we are going to bring our country together across all racial, cultural, and ideological lines. Amos 3:3 says, "Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?" In other words, they must start at a common point or it is impossible to walk together.
In the coming days, I will be hosting my first meeting with an Advisory Board of Pastors and Christian leaders committed to bringing about an Awakening in America.
As we remember our two greatest presidents, let us remember and reclaim the Christian heritage and unity they represent.
God bless you, and may He continue to bless the United States of America.