Devotion for Week of March 19, 2012 - INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT LINCOLN


Exodus 32:26, “Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord's side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.”

Abraham Lincoln, though he knew the Bible thoroughly and spoke of an Almighty God, was never baptized and was the only United States president never to join a church.  President Lincoln said that when he left Springfield, Illinois for Washington D.C. to assume the office of president, that he was not a Christian.  Even after the death of his son, William in 1862, he was not a Christian.  He did claim though, to have had a spiritual awakening after his "Gettysburg Address" in Gettysburg, PA in November, 1863.

Once during the war President Lincoln was asked by one of his generals whose side God was on?  Lincoln is reported to have answered; "It is not whose side God is on, but more importantly if we are on God's side."

Lincoln was the first president to use the phrase, "This nation under God."  It inspired President Eisenhower so much that in 1954 he had the words "one nation under God" added to the Pledge of Allegiance.

It is also credited to President Lincoln that the phrase "in God we trust" was added to our money.



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