2-12 HONEST ABEPoliticians aren’t the only ones with the power to declare a crisis…  Regular people can too.  Slavery wasn’t a crisis for American elites until abolitionism turned it into one… Sex discrimination wasn’t a crisis until feminism turned it into one.  – Naomi Klein

Abraham Lincoln grew up on the western frontier in Kentucky and Indiana.  He became a lawyer in Illinois, a Whig Party leader and member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1834 to 1846.  He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1846 and was instrumental in modernizing the economy through banks, tariffs, and railroads.  He opposed to the Mexican-American war, which was unpopular among Illinois voters, so he returned to Springfield and resumed his successful law practice.

Lincoln reentered politics in 1854 and became a leader in building the new Republican Party, which had a statewide majority in Illinois.  He spoke out against slavery in a debate with Stephen A. Douglas but lost the U.S. Senate race to Douglas.

In 1860 Lincoln secured the Republican Party presidential nomination as a moderate from a swing state.  He had little support in the slave holding states of the South, but swept the North and was elected president in 1860.  He served as the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.  He led the U.S. through the Civil War, its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional and political crisis.  He did so while preserving the Union, abolishing slavery, strengthening the federal government, and modernizing the economy.

I pray for a person with these qualities to be elected President of the United States in 2016.  We’ve had the most divisive, immoral, dishonest and anemic country in our history.

No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.  – Abraham Lincoln

Mr. Lincoln’s nickname was “Honest Abe”.  How comforting would it be to know your commander and chief has such a reputation and lived above-board.  He was a Christian and had good morals and stood on solid moral ground.  We need a person in office that does more than talk a good talk.  As a Republican, I’d love to see a person step boldly forward and declare they have a real plan moving forward.  We need to be united and encouraged about the future in a very real way.

America needs a Christian leader.  A leader who embraces honesty and justice and seeks to lift the American people higher.  We need someone much like Honest Abe.  🙂









 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”  – Acts 7:59

On this day in 1659, two Quakers, William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson, were executed (hanged from an elm tree on Boston Common in Boston) in the Massachusetts Bay Colony for their religious beliefs.  They were the first Quakers to be executed in America.   They came from England in 1656 to escape religious persecution – ironically.  The two had violated a law passed by the Massachusetts General Court the year before, banning Quakers from the colony under penalty of death.

The Christian movement known as The Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, was founded by George Fox in England during the early 1650’s.  Quakers opposed central church authority, preferring to seek spiritual insight and consensus through egalitarian Quaker meetings.  They supported sexual equality and became some of the most outspoken opponents of slavery in early America.  Quakers found solace in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and other colonies, and Massachusetts’ anti-Quaker laws were later repealed.

By the mid 18th century, John Woolman, an abolitionist Quaker, was traveling the American colonies, preaching and advancing the anti-slavery cause.  He organized boycotts of products made by slave labor and was responsible for convincing many Quaker communities to publicly denounce slavery.  Other abolitionist Quaker was Lucretia Mott, who worked on the Underground Railroad in the 19th century, helping lead fugitive slaves to freedom in the Northern states and Canada.  She was later a leader in the movement for women’s rights, including the right to vote.

 If you want to live and thrive, let the spider run alive.   – American Quaker Saying

Seriously?  Can I have a minute to let that one sink in???  Um…  no – I’m squishing the spider.  😉

I’m not a Quaker – but I like movies like Friendly Persuasion and Angel and the Badman.  To be perfectly honest, I’ve always thought of Quakers as I do the Amish.  I was surprised when I read their history and how liberal their beliefs are.  They have no central church authority and believe in true equality.  They are peace-loving folk that won’t be a part of war.

Now that terrorists are running around beheading people I wonder if that will work – but that’s their belief.

Me – I want to learn how to shoot and carry.  Well – maybe not – but I’m tempted.

Christians in America have really not known persecution – yet.  So far, we certainly have not had to give our very lives for our faith.  I’m so thankful for the sacrifices of the past that ultimately affected changes for the good, aren’t you?  They stood strong so that future generations could enjoy freedom and equality and know real joy in the Lord.  😀