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September 05, 2018

Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all,but rather division.For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three... (Luke 12:51-53)

Dear Praying Friends,

Dr. Kenyn Cureton (bio) leads FRC's nationwide ministry to pastors and churches. A pastor for 20 years and a New Testament scholar, Dr. Cureton's passion is to study, preach, and teach American history from the perspective of Divine Providence. Here is an excerpt from his 366-day devotional Lost Episodes in American History:

On November 10, 1864, Abraham Lincoln was serenaded by some Lincoln and Johnson Clubs at the White House as a result of his recent re-election. President Lincoln appeared at a second-floor window and delivered this speech: "It has long been a grave question whether any government... can be strong enough to maintain its own existence, in great emergencies... If the loyal people, united, were put to the utmost of their strength by the rebellion, must they not fail when divided, and partially paralyzed, by a political war among themselves? [See Matt. 12:25] "But the election was a necessity. "We can not have free government without elections; and if the rebellion could force us to forego, or postpone a national election, it might fairly claim to have already conquered and ruined us... "But the election, along with its incidental, and undesirable strife, has done good too. It has demonstrated that a people's government can sustain a national election, in the midst of a great civil war. Until now it has not been known to the world that this was a possibility. It shows also how sound, and how strong we still are... It shows...that we have more men now, than we had when the war began. Gold is good in its place; but living, brave, patriotic men, are better than gold. "But the rebellion continues; and now that the election is over, may not all, having a common interest, re-unite in a common effort, to save our common country? For my own part I have striven and shall strive to avoid placing any obstacle in the way. So long as I have been here I have not willingly planted a thorn in any man's bosom [See Numbers 33:55].

"While I am deeply sensible to the high compliment of a reelection; and duly grateful, as I trust, to Almighty God for having directed my countrymen to a right conclusion, as I think, for their own good [Rom. 13:4], it adds nothing to my satisfaction that any other man may be disappointed or pained by the result. "May I ask those who have not differed with me, to join with me, in this same spirit towards those who have? [See Prov. 24:17-18] "And now, let me close by asking three hearty cheers for our brave soldiers and seamen and their gallant and skillful commanders"*

Abraham Lincoln's gratitude to God for guiding Americans to reelect him as president and his gracious spirit toward his opponents is another lost episode in American history.

Read and Reflect: Read Prov. 24:17-18 and reflect on the teaching that we should not rejoice over our enemies and compare that with what Lincoln said.

Prayer: Lord, we thank you for the freedom to exercise our vote and for peaceful elections. We pray for you to bring unity among our divided people, in Jesus' Name, Amen. *Source Citation: Roy P. Basler, Jr., ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, 9 vols., (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 8:100-101.

America is nearly as divided as in the days of Lincoln. Universal unity in a day like we are living in is a very difficult challenge. We must pray according to God's word. We cannot acquiesce to evil or to those who promote evil. There is no place for compromise on transcendent truth. With so many who have actively set themselves against the word of God and His people, it is all we can do to "make every effort to live in peace with them" (Rom 12:18). Our preeminent call to unity is with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and with God's people. We must "unite our hearts to fear His name" (Ps 86:11).

The behavior of the liberals in the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, now in progress, the irregularities of the Mueller investigation, the rise of Antifa, the steady increase of anti-religious and anti-life ordinances, laws, rulings, and actions by local and state authorities and by some federal judges (despite the Constitution and efforts to uphold religious liberty) all point to a deep sickness in the souls of the American people. The anger, hostility, and even violence will continue to multiply unless and until God's people across America come to grips with the reality of what is happening and take their place on the spiritual battlefield. Our Forefathers echoed again and again John Adams' declaration: "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." We are now seeing that inadequacy.

Yet the hostility is predominately from the political left. The Resistance Movement, sexual anarchists, secret and open socialists, etc. are at war. If those who hold traditional American values shaped from faith in the God of the Bible do not arise to fight by praying, sharing the Gospel, and voting for men and women who will take America in the right direction, we will find ourselves gravely persecuted. Furthermore, our constitutional guarantees of religious liberty, free speech, etc. will be meaningless when applied to those who "cling to their Bibles."

God heard our prayers in the last election. He did not answer the way many of us expected. But more self-identifying Christians voted in the last election than any other time in memory. They were guided by the Holy Spirit, they voted nearly "as one man" (Neh 8:1-3), and they made the difference. We must each ascertain God's candidates as best we can and make our vote count. (Visit FRCAction.org and click Voter Resources for help.) With just 61 days to go, we should all be acting now, beginning with extraordinary prayer, and for those who can with fasting. We need to give to candidates who will represent our values, and volunteer to do whatever we can as led by the Lord. If not now, when? I urge you to read an article sent by my longtime friend Ron Boehme, who leads Youth with a Mission's nationwide outreach: US Renewal. (Ex 18:21)

As we enter this challenging season, your prayers are critically important. As always, thank you for praying!