What Kind of Influence?

I thought this was interesting. It’s amazing that 2 men born on the same day could have such opposite effects on society. We may not have quite the sphere of influence that these men had, but our lives will influence otheres around us as well. What kind of influence do you want to have?

 

Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the exact same day, February 12, 1809, but their lives had opposite effects.

 

Lincoln is best known for freeing millions of slaves by issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, claiming all men are created equal.

 

Darwin’s theory of evolution claims men are not equal as some are more evolved, and has been used by totalitarian regimes to enslave millions.

 

Lincoln’s last act in office was to put on all National Coin the motto, “In God We Trust.”

 

Darwin’s theory has been used to deny of God.

 

Lincoln, the first Republican President, addressed the Indiana Regiment, March 17, 1865:

 

“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”

 

On April 6, 1859, Lincoln wrote to H.L. Pierce:

 

“This is a world of compensation; and he who would be no slave must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and under a just God, cannot long retain it.”

 

After the Battle of Antietam, Lincoln told his Cabinet, September 22, 1862, as reported Treasury Secretary Salmon Portland Chase:

 

“The time for the annunciation of the emancipation policy can no longer be delayed. Public sentiment will sustain it, many of my warmest friends and supporters demand it, and I have promised God that I will do it.”

 

When asked by Secretary Chase to explain, Lincoln replied:

 

“I made a solemn vow before God, that if General Lee were driven back from Pennsylvania, I would crown the result by the declaration of freedom to the slaves.”

 

In his Second Inaugural, March 4, 1865, just 45 days before his assassination, Lincoln stated:

 

“If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove,

 

and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came,

 

shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him?…

 

If God will that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsmen’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said

 

‘the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.'”

 

Lincoln stated in his Second Annual Message, December 1, 1862:

 

“In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free…We shall nobly save – or meanly lose – the last, best hope of earth…The way is plain…which if followed the world will forever applaud and God must forever bless.”

 

In his Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863, Lincoln stated:

 

“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

 

In contrast, Darwin published his “Origin of Species,” 1859, and in 1871, his “Descent of Man,” in which he wrote:

 

“With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated…

 

We civilized men, on the other hand…build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed and the sick…Thus the weak members propagate their kind.

 

No one who had attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man…Hardly anyone is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed…

 

Civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world…

 

The break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilized state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as now between the negro or Australian and the gorilla.”

 

Darwin’s concept justified the racism of the Dred Scott v Sanford Decision, 1856, written by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, who was appointed by Democrat President Andrew Jackson:

 

“Slaves had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order…so far inferior, that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and that the Negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit.”

 

Darwin’s theory influenced Margaret Sanger, who promoted “eugenics” and “forced sterilization” to eliminate inferior races. Sanger founded a 501(c)3 called Planned Parenthood.

 

Margaret Sanger, in her book Pivot of Civilization, 1922, called for the:

 

“Elimination of ‘human weeds’…overrunning the human garden; for the cessation of ‘charity’ because it prolonged the lives of the unfit; for the segregation of ‘morons, misfits, and the maladjusted’; and for the sterilization of genetically inferior races.”

 

Sanger advised Nazi Party member Ernst Rudin, father of “racial hygiene,” who educated on the dangers of hereditary defectives.

 

Nazi’s considered the German “Aryan” race as “ubermensch,” supermen, being more advanced in the supposed human evolution.

 

When Germany’s economy fell, Hitler’s national healthcare plan of socialized medicine had to cut expenses, such as keeping alive handicapped, insane, chronically ill, elderly and those with dementia. They were considered “lebensunwertes leben” – life unworthy of life, and sent to the gas chambers.

 

Soon criminals, convicts, street bums, beggars and gypsies, considered “leeches” on the State, met the same fate.

 

Eventually, in a perverted effort to rid the human gene pool of less evolved “untermensch”- under mankind, Hitler’s immoral plan sent 6 million Jews, along with millions of others, to the holocaust gas chambers and ovens.

 

Joseph Stalin followed suit in the Soviet Union, exterminating through intentional famines, forced labor and executions an estimated 27 million “inferior” Ukrainians.

 

Mao Zedong followed this example with his atheistic Communist Party policies causing an estimated 80 million deaths in China.

 

These not too distant genocides resemble the Islamic teaching that Jews are from apes, Christians are from swine, and Kafir infidels are inferior “dhimmi” – not equal to believing Muslim males, which led to a sharia political system that in 1,400 years contributed to an estimated 270 million deaths.

 

History reveals that the consequences can be frightful if a government adopts Darwin’s utilitarian value of human life and departs from President Lincoln’s belief, “that all men are created equal.”

What Would Happen If A President Said This Today?

American Minute with Bill Federer

March 30

During the Civil War, after issuing his Emancipation Proclamation,
President Abraham Lincoln set a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting
and Prayer, MARCH 30, 1863, stating:

“It is the duty of nations…to own their dependence upon the
overruling power of God, to confess their sins…with assured hope
that genuine repentance will lead to mercy…

The awful calamity of civil war…may be but a punishment inflicted
upon us for our presumptuous sins.”

Lincoln continued:

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven…

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.”

Lincoln concluded:

“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…forgiveness.”

Reagan and FDR on Christmas

American Minute with Bill Federer

December 20

Ronald Reagan stated in his Christmas Address, DECEMBER 20, 1983:

“Sometimes, in the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations we
forget that the true meaning of Christmas…the birth of the Prince
of Peace, Jesus Christ…During this glorious festival let us renew
our determination to follow His example.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt stated in his Christmas Message, 1942:

“To all Americans I say that loving our neighbor as we love
ourselves is not enough- that we as a Nation and as individuals will
please God best by showing regard for the laws of God.

There is no better way of fostering good will toward man than by
first fostering good will toward God. If we love Him we will keep His
Commandments. In sending Christmas greetings to the armed forces and
merchant sailors…we include our pride in their bravery on the
fighting fronts…

It is significant that Christmas Day our plants and factories will
be stilled. That is not true of the other holidays. On all other
holidays work goes on- gladly- for the winning of the war.

So Christmas becomes the only holiday in all the year. I like to
think that this is so because Christmas is a holy day. May all it
stands for live and grow throughout the years.”

My Pardon

As I read the historical account below, I couldn’t help but think of the gracious pardon I received over 25 years ago.  Mine was not from President Lincoln, but the King of Kings granted me forgiveness for my sinful rebellion when I came to him in true repentance.  What a wonderful gift to be truly forgiven!  It brings to mind an old chorus.

Sing, o sing,

of my Redeemer.

With His blood

He purchased me.

On the cross,

He sealed my pardon;

paid the debt

and set me free.

American Minute with Bill Federer

December 8

On this day, DECEMBER 8, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln announced
his plan to pardon those who had been in the Confederacy. He wrote:

“Whereas it is now desired by some persons heretofore engaged in
said rebellion to resume their allegiance to the United States…

Therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do
proclaim, declare, and make known to all persons who have, directly
or by implication, participated in the existing rebellion…that a
full pardon is hereby granted to them and each of them, with
restoration of all rights of property…upon the condition that every
such person shall take and subscribe an oath…to wit:

“I, ____ ____, do solemnly swear, in presence of Almighty God, that
I will henceforth faithfully support, protect, and defend the
Constitution of the United States and the Union of the States
thereunder, and that I will in like manner abide by and faithfully
support all acts of Congress passed during the existing rebellion
with reference to slaves…

and that I will in like manner abide by and faithfully support all
proclamations of the President made during the existing rebellion
having reference to slaves….

So help me God.”

How Many Remember This Day?

American Minute with Bill Federer

November 22

Shots rang out as President John F. Kennedy was assassinated November
22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. The youngest President ever elected was
also the youngest President to die, barely serving 1,000 days.

The 46-year-old Kennedy was on his way to the Dallas Trade Mart to
deliver a speech, in which he had prepared to say:

“We in this country, in this generation, are-by destiny rather than
choice-the watchmen on the walls of world freedom.

We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and
responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and
restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the
ancient vision of peace on earth, goodwill toward men.

That must always be our goal-and the righteousness of our cause must
always underlie our strength. For as was written long ago, ‘Except the
Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.'”

Just three weeks after his Inauguration, February 9, 1961, President
Kennedy told a Breakfast for International Christian Leadership:

“Every President of the United States has placed special reliance
upon his faith in God…The guiding principle and prayer of this
Nation has been, is now, and shall ever be ‘In God We Trust.'”

Thanksgiving History

American Minute with Bill Federer
October 23

October 23, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed a Day of Thanksgiving:
“The season is at hand in which it has been our long respected custom as a people to
turn in praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God for His manifold mercies and blessings to
us as a nation.
In the year that has just passed…we have seen the practical completion of a great work
at the Isthmus of Panama…
‘Righteousness exalteth a nation’ and ‘peace on earth, good will towards men’ furnish the
only foundation upon which can be built the lasting achievements of the human spirit…
Now, Therefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America, do hereby
designate Thursday the twenty-seventh of November as a day of thanksgiving and prayer,
and invite the people throughout the land to cease from their wonted occupations and in
their several homes and places of worship render thanks to Almighty God.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States
to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington this twenty-third day of October, in the year of our Lord
one thousand nine hundred and thirteen…
William Jennings Bryan Sec. of State”

Regan and The Bible

American Minute with Bill Federer
October 4

A Joint Resolution of the 97th Congress, signed by Speaker Tip O’Neil and President of the
Senate Strom Thurmond, declared “A Year of the Bible.”
President Reagan signed the Proclamation this day October 4, 1982, stating:
“Now, therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, in
recognition of the contributions and influence of the Bible on our Republic and our
people, do hereby proclaim 1983 the Year of the Bible in the United States.
I encourage all citizens, each in his or her own way, to reexamine and rediscover its
priceless and timeless message.”
Similarly, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, January 25, 1945, wrote the prologue of a
special edition of the New Testament distributed to millions of soldiers during World War
II:
“To the Armed Forces: As Commander-in-Chief, I take pleasure in commending the
reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States.
Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred
Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration.
It is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest
aspirations of the human soul.”
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