We have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity, having received in the choicest of 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. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the need for redeeming and preserving grace, and too proud to pray to the God who made us.
Was this message spoken and recorded today, yesterday, last month, or some other time? Brace yourself. This was a prayer spoken by President Abraham Lincoln on March 30, 1863. It clearly describes our cultural condition today. Lincoln’s words are as fresh as if they were just written. What do you think?