From Abraham Lincoln
The Spiritual Roots of America
The Price paid for Freedom
"We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness."
April 30, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln’s
Proclamation for a National Day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer
"What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not…the guns of our war steamers, or the strength of our gallant and disciplined army… Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms."
From a speech at Edwardsville,
Illinois Sept 11, 1856
--Lincoln’s First Inaugural address
--Abraham Lincoln December 1, 1862
Annual message to Congress
"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 bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan-to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace."
-- Lincoln’s second inaugural address
March 4, 1885
"It is the duty of nations, as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord."