On June 16, 1858 more than 1,000 delegates met in the Springfield, Illinois, statehouse for the Republican State Convention. At 5:00 p.m. they chose Abraham Lincoln as their candidate for the U.S. Senate, running against Democrat Stephen A. Douglas. At 8:00 p.m. Lincoln delivered this address to his colleagues in the Hall of Representatives. The title reflects part of the introduction, ” A house divided against itself cannot stand,” a concept familiar to Lincoln’s audience as a statement by Jesus recorded in all three synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke).
Lincoln’s speech, as the man himself…was controversial. This is true of many great leaders. Even Lincoln’s friends regarded the speech too radical for the occasion.
Lincoln was defeated for the Senate, but his law partner, William H. Herndon, reflecting years later, said he believed that speech made him President. He stated, “Lincoln as a statesman, and political philosopher, announced an eternal truth…not only as broad as America, but covers the world.” So true.
Lincoln was the man of the hour. He stepped onto the world stage for a specific purpose. He had a role to play and when it was played out…he exited.
I’ve noticed this to be true of many great men and women, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States and Queen Esther in the Bible, who saved the Jewish people from alienation.
It seems these great, world, history making leaders, were born…“for such a time as this.”
Read what Mordecai advises his beautiful niece, Queen Esther, in this passage of scripture.
For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14 KJV
There’s always been and always will be troubled times, such as our nation is experiencing right now.
Some refuse to believe that we are in trouble. They choose to stick their head in the sand, but if you watch the news each day, there is trouble in our great United States of America. It’s time to wake up, rise up, speak up and do something!
What must we do?
- Realize the enemy is trying to divide us.
- Refuse to listen to his rhetoric and lies.
- Remember we are all created equal by our heavenly Father.
- Remember this…United…we stand, divided…we fall.
We’re all in this thing together. We are brothers, we are sisters…regardless of our skin color. We’re not fighting each other. We’re not against each other. We must stand together.
Let’s start today by loving others. Let’s start today by showing kindness everywhere we can regardless of skin color, nation or creed. Let’s not let anything divide us. Let’s not fear each other…let’s embrace each other.
Let’s stand…united and strong, together.