Abraham Lincoln and America’s Repayment Problem


Abraham Lincoln

As you know, we are so grateful to your Ralph Drollinger dude for opening our eyes to the possibility that, if Christianity is the story we are in, your God still judges nations.

And once again we were reminded that your God is the active protagonist in the story.

So now, we are thinking about another crazy possibility.


What if the story of the breakup of Israel somehow rhymes with America’s story?


Wait — what’s that all about?

Well, you know that we’re speculating…


Is Donald Trump a Rehoboam Character in America’s Drama?


So, this crazy possibility makes sense because of the story in 1 Kings 11, a passage which may upset your “Solomon was the greatest of men” sensibilities…

The LORD became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the LORD’s command. So the LORD said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates. Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son.  Yet I will not tear the whole kingdom from him, but will give him one tribe for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen.”

1 Kings 11:9-13


See how the story goes? Your God acted to bring the breakup of Israel, as a result of previous sin.


When it was all over, God’s sovereign will had been accomplished in spite of sin on every side. God had avenged the idolatry that Israel had engaged in during Solomon’s reign. The over-reaching government of Rehoboam had lost control of over 80% of his kingdom, leaving only Judah and the small tribe of Benjamin loyal to the throne.

David J. Shedlock, With Christ in the Voting Booth

So, as you consider America’s future, you ought to at least keep the possibility in mind. Because…


What if Israel’s story reveals that sometimes your God intervenes in human affairs and judges nations for bad things people did previously?


Are you surprised by the idea? Does it seem foreign to you?


But consider, this is just what Abraham Lincoln seems to have had in mind when he attributed the cause of the Civil War to God’s retribution for the evil of slavery. Look at this language from Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address:


The Almighty has His own purposes. “Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.” 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? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’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.”

Abraham Lincoln

And one of your famous founders had been very disturbed by the possibility…


President Thomas Jefferson

Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever: that considering numbers, nature and natural means only, a revolution of the wheel of fortune, an exchange of situation, is among possible events: that it may become probable by supernatural interference!

Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.XVIII, 1782

Supernatural interference!

And that reminded us of what your Moser man wrote…


A better formulation is this: what, if anything, is behind all of the world’s changes, including the movements in my experiences, such as the experienced ups and downs, comings and goings, and dyings and risings?

The fact of the world’s changes seems undeniable, at least from where I sit (for a time). Is there, however, something behind it all, not just as a cause, but as a meaning-conferring explanation? In par­ticular, is there a unifying power with constant intentions or purposes behind all of the movement or at least much of it? In other words, is there an intentional agent thus involved in the mix as a superhuman guide?

Paul Moser, The Severity of God

So, if Christianity is the story we are in, and both China and America are killing your God’s children, then maybe your President Lincoln can help you open your eyes to something rather disturbing.

Because, well, remember this?…


For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Hebrews 10:30-31


And you know that your foolish revenge wager really has our attention, right?

So maybe this Keillor guy deserves your attention…


God himself, in his long-term sifting out mishpat, caused the final, negative consequence, the Civil War — the judgment for slavery in our narrow sense of that word. That Northern elites would finance and cheer slave revolts showed that they had been sifted out-a-not as a righteous remnant but as an unrighteous faction doubting God’s ability to end slavery. God is merciful, and a revival in 1857-1858 preceded the war. Abolitionists, evangelical and nonevangelical, criticized this revival for focusing on individual conversions and neglecting antislavery reform. To them, and to some later historians, it marked “the failure of New England revivalism to resolve the divisive issue of slavery.”37 Yet, it was then too late to resolve that issue short of war — the Republican rise and Democratic fall were well advanced toward Lincoln and secession-and clergymen warned that God’s judgment was one possible resolution. If God acted when Americans had not, that was not failure. The 1820s revivals helped sift out a Northern anti-slavery faction, but that process was complete by 1857-1858, and that revival only, but mercifully, saved souls before the final cataclysm. Paradoxically, an event (Civil War) can be a condemning catastrophe for the unbeliever and a chastening, refining deliverance for the believer. God uses the same event as salvation to some and judgment to others.

Steven J. Keillor, God’s Judgments

So, if Christianity is the story we are in, and your God is the Active Protagonist, well, you may want to seriously consider the possibility that history is rhyming in America’s unfolding drama.

Because here is another memo I sent my Uncle, which may disturb you…

Intelligence Memorandum

Classified: Top Secret
Mao Tse Tongue!


To: General Tso
Deputy Assistant Minister of State Security
People’s Republic of China

From: Chow Non Phat
Deputy Assistant Minister for Diet Control

Re: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Repayment Problem

This is a famous photo of Lincoln.

Dear General Tso,

Despite the fact that this crazy assignment you have given us has turned my team and I into lepers in the Chinese Intelligence community, we continue to remain loyal to the Party.

And to you too, Uncle.

So, one of our team members has discovered something very disturbing, which I need to tell you about.

Shih Tzu may be right. The Party may be at greater risk than we realize. 

If Christianity is the story we are in, then the King of Kings is on a Quest to restore his kingdom.

But he is not only a King, Uncle…

… he is also a Judge who issues risk assessment warnings.

And so, when one of our team members showed us the following risk assessment warning, it caught our attention…


“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done.”

Revelation 22:12


You see, Uncle, those are the words of Jesus in the very last chapter in the Bible.

So, if Christianity is the story we are in, when he shows up, it will be repayment time for each of us!

And because none of us — seriously Uncle, you can trust us to be loyal to the Party — believes he is coming back as the King of Kings…

… it would be a Black Swan to us.

But it wouldn’t be a Black Swan to the Christians.

Look at this…


Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-4


And notice how, in that last book in the Bible, that same thief in the night warning is made by Jesus himself…


“Behold, I am coming like a thief!”

Revelation 16:15


But, if Christianity is the story we are in, what about here in the middle of the story?

Are there any Black Swan repayments here in the middle of the story?

It appears that is a possibility.

Remember the material we sent you concerning The Black Swan Rise and Fall of Babylon?

Well, it turns out repayment was tied up with their Black Swan fall… 


“Summon archers against Babylon, all those who bend the bow. Encamp around her; let no one escape. Repay her according to her deeds; do to her according to all that she has done. For she has proudly defied the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.

Jeremiah 50:29


“Flee from the midst of Babylon; let every one save his life! Be not cut off in her punishment, for this is the time of the Lord’s vengeance, the repayment he is rendering her. 
Jeremiah 51:6


“I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea before your very eyes for all the evil that they have done in Zion, declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 51:24


[F]or a destroyer has come upon her, upon Babylon; her warriors are taken; their bows are broken in pieces, for the Lord is a God of recompense; he will surely repay.

Jeremiah 51:56


And as we explored other passages in the Bible related to repayment, we came to realize that repayment from the Active Protagonist doesn’t just come at the end of the story.

It also happens here in the middle.

Look at this disturbing passage…


‘Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. You show steadfast love to thousands, but you repay the guilt of fathers to their children after them, O great and mighty God, whose name is the Lord of hosts, great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the children of man, rewarding each one according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds.

Jeremiah 32:17-19


And maybe, Uncle, if Christianity is the story we are in, we need to do more consequence thinking than simply depending on probabilities…


This idea that in order to make a decision you need to focus on the consequences (which you can know) rather than the probability (which you can’t know) is the central idea of uncertainty.

Nassim Taleb, The Black Swan

So now let’s explore the possibility we aren’t the only ones who may be dealing with a Black Swan repayment problem.

The Americans could be too!

In his Second Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln said something very disturbing for them…


The Almighty has His own purposes. “Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.” 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? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’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.”

Abraham Lincoln

And by the way, in February of 2013, at the National Prayer Breakfast, their President Obama said of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address that it “may be one of the greatest speeches ever written.”

President Barack Obama

So, Abraham Lincoln believed the Civil War was payback for sins previously committed.

And look what Paula showed me, Uncle…


His central idea, that the war was God’s judgment on the nation for slavery, has become nearly impossible for some analysts even to identify as the central idea. At the very least, we need to recover judgment as a real category in order to recover Lincoln’s speech. Garry Wills sidestepped God as an actor in history by arguing that “the Second Inaugural was meant, with great daring, to spell out a principle of not acting on principle.” As presidential actor, Lincoln sought flexibility to improvise a Reconstruction policy, Wills claimed. That is an argument from Lincoln’s unexpected silence about the pressing issue of Reconstruction. It avoids the central idea of God’s acting on the principle of judgment. Lincoln had come to realize that it did not matter whether people acted on principle or did not. God’s acts would determine the outcome.

Steven J. Keillor, God’s Judgments

And that sure fits with the reality of how Lincoln saw their God as the Active Protagonist in the story of humanity…


By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation.

And whereas it is fit and becoming in all people, at all times, to acknowledge and revere the Supreme Government of God; to bow in humble submission to his chastisements; to confess and deplore their sins and transgressions in the full conviction that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and to pray, with all fervency and contrition, for the pardon of their past offences, and for a blessing upon their present and prospective action:

And whereas, when our own beloved Country, once, by the blessing of God, united, prosperous and happy, is now afflicted with faction and civil war, it is peculiarly fit for us to recognize the hand of God in this terrible visitation, and in sorrowful remembrance of our own faults and crimes as a nation and as individuals, to humble ourselves before Him, and to pray for His mercy, — to pray that we may be spared further punishment, though most justly deserved; that our arms may be blessed and made effectual for the re-establishment of law, order and peace, throughout the wide extent of our country; and that the inestimable boon of civil and religious liberty, earned under His guidance and blessing, by the labors and sufferings of our fathers, may be restored in all its original excellence:

Abraham Lincoln, Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day, Washington, D.C. – August 12, 1861.

The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party — and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect His purpose. I am almost ready to say that this is probably true — that God wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet. By his mere great power, on the minds of the now contestants, He could have either saved or destroyed the Union without a human contest. Yet the contest began. And, having begun He could give the final victory to either side any day. Yet the contest proceeds.

Abraham Lincoln, Meditation on the Divine Will Washington, D.C., September, 1862

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation.

And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.

And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. 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 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 clemency and forgiveness.

Abraham Lincoln, Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day Washington, D.C., March 30, 1863

Astonishing!

Look at how what Lincoln wrote there…


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 necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

Abraham Lincoln

… so fits with this, from our enemy, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn…


More than half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: “Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.”

Since then I have spent well nigh fifty years working on the history of our Revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous Revolution that swallowed up some sixty million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: “Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.”…. What emerges here is a process of universal significance. And if I were called upon to identify briefly the principal trait of the entire twentieth century, here too I would be unable to find anything more precise and pithy than to repeat once again: “Men have forgotten God.”

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Templeton Address, 1983

When our team read those things from Lincoln, we couldn’t believe it!

But maybe Lincoln’s belief that their God was the Active Protagonist came at least in part from the reality that he himself was a Black Swan in America’s story.

Look what we found from Michael Medved…


THE MIRACLE OF LINCOLN America’s Most Unlikely President and His Supernatural Success 

The face and figure of Abraham Lincoln feel so familiar, and his life story sits so comfortably in our consciousness, that we seldom acknowledge just how strange, how downright weird, that story really is.

How did an aging prairie lawyer and frequently frustrated politician, whose only high office involved a single two-year term in the House of Representatives, suddenly claim the presidency of the United States?

How could an ungainly partisan operator with a difficult marriage, a tendency toward clinical depression, and profoundly peculiar habits, with no military experience and less than a year of formal education, best the most celebrated minds of his generation on battlefields both political and military?

These questions offer no easy answers, since nothing in Lincoln’s fifty-two years before the presidency seemed to prepare him for handling the most momentous crisis in the nation’s history. All other presidents who have (even occasionally) earned designation as “great” achieved great things before they won elevation to the nation’s highest office. Lincoln did not.

For Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, both Roosevelts, Wilson, Ike, and Reagan, their pre-presidential careers would have received extensive attention in history books even had they never won the White House. In Lincoln’s case, no one today would recognize his name. Lincoln himself worried in his early thirties that he had “done nothing to make any human being remember that he had lived.”

….

His admirers, on the other hand, came to view Lincoln’s rise to power as the most meaningful miracle in the history of the Republic – especially after the uncanny timing of his death as the first chief executive to fall to an assassin’s hand.

On the very morning of his murder, the president took time at a cabinet meeting to discuss a vivid, recurrent dream that he had experienced again the night before, in which he saw himself aboard a mysterious boat hurtling across the water at impossible speed toward a dark and unknown shore. In fact, his entire life possessed a dreamlike, haunted, otherworldly quality that suggested the impact of supernatural forces.

Without recognition of those forces, and an abiding belief in his role as an instrument of a higher power, Lincoln himself couldn’t make sense of his position at the center of the catastrophic conflict that consumed his presidency and convinced his countrymen that even in the midst of unspeakable suffering, God’s hand still shaped and shielded America.

Michael Medved, The American Miracle

And look at this surprise…


In the summer of 1864, pessimists warned that the North could not win the Civil War. President Abraham Lincoln faced opposition for the Republican-party nomination, and even if he won it, he was considered likely to lose the November election to Union general George McClellan.

General Grant’s Army of the Potomac was being bled white in Virginia in vain attempts to dislodge Robert E. Lee’s defenders from their entrenchments around the Confederate capital of Richmond. Gruesome encounters such as the Battle of Cold Harbor and the Battle of the Wilderness had given the depressed Northern public nightmares.

Then, suddenly, fantasy became reality. The maverick General William Tecumseh Sherman unexpectedly took Atlanta on September 2, 1864. Euphoria swept the North. McClellan’s sure-thing candidacy crashed.

The mercurial Sherman then headed off with his huge army on the famous “March to the Sea” through Georgia. He next plowed through the Carolinas to the rear of Lee’s army in Virginia.

In less than nine months the entire Confederate cause collapsed. The supposedly endless Civil War ended with a sudden and absolute Union victory that no one had foreseen.

The American Art of Renewal, By VICTOR DAVIS HANSON, National Review, August 2, 2018

And what if it was your God who played an active role in bringing about the end of slavery?


Finally, Adam Smith explained why it would be nearly impossible to end slavery in a republic like the United States. He argued, “The persons who make all the laws in that country are persons who have slaves themselves. . . . These will never make any laws mitigating their usage.” Another agent of liberation might be a strong church, “but it was absolutely necessary that the authority of the king and the clergy should be great.”” Americans rebelled against a king and fragmented the church’s authority into many denominations, none with decisive influence on the nation. In competing for members in the South, denominations softened or abandoned anti-slavery ideas and seemed to surrender some of the Son of Man’s authority (over his disciples’ behavior in their local churches) to the secular powers in the process. 

Perhaps Smith (had he lived until 1865) would have seen emancipation, despite no strong king or church, as proof of a third actor: God. As we saw in the Old Testament, God could righteously overturn precedent, the status quo and long-established property rights. God could sort out political and governmental ambiguity. He was not fooled by the Constitution’s omission of the word slavery or politicians’ claims that they could do nothing about it. Two competing political parties did not paralyze him into inaction for fear that if he acted in judgment some Americans would say “God is a Whig” while if he did not act others would say “God is a Democrat.” He acted, as we shall see. Or, if you assume he does not act in history, then how did such a deeply entrenched, profitable institution end, when there was no other actor powerful enough to end it and willing to end it?

Steven J. Keillor, God’s Judgments

But it looks like most Americans no longer want to consider the possibility that God could or would intervene in their story in a painful way…


Lincoln’s Calvinism died with the Civil War: Americans decided that they would rather not have a God who demanded sacrifice from them on this scale – 10% of military-age Northern men, 30% of military-age Southern men. They did not want to be a Chosen People held accountable for their transgressions. They wanted instead a reticent God who withheld his wrath while they set out to make the world amenable to their own purposes. The New England elite went to war as convinced Abolitionists singing of the coming of God who trampled out the vintage of the grapes of wrath and wielded a terrible swift sword. They came back convinced that no idea could be so righteous or so certain as to merit the terrible sacrifices of their generation. …. The war purged them of their Puritan convictions and left in its place the vapid pragmatism that has reigned since then in American elite culture.

In place of the paternal God of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, Americans got the avuncular God of Social Gospel and Wilsonian ”Idealism”.  America’s reaction to the Civil War, the costliest conflict between the Thirty Years’ War in Germany and World War II on the Russian front, recalls Sholom Aleichem’s Tevye the Carpenter: ”God of mercy, choose another people.” Americans did not want to be the instrument of a Divine Providence that would hold them to account for their transgressions, in the vision of Winthrop and Lincoln.

When America flew on one wing, By Spengler, Asia Times, April 19, 2011

So, the Americans may be dealing with the same failure to do consequence thinking as we are.

But if Christianity is the story we are in, this Neuhaus guy may be right…


To say that we are a nation under God is to say, first and most importantly, that we are a nation under transcendent judgment. Judgment and promise are inseparable.

Richard John Neuhaus, American Babylon: Notes of a Christian Exile

And look at these…


All people are under divine wrath, because everyone has failed to respond positively to the light that they have. But those who have had more light fall under more severe judgment, because they sin with a greater knowledge of God’s will (cf. Luke 12:48). Similarly, national privilege determines national responsibility. The United States has had great privilege, and so has great responsibility to God.

The patience that marks God’s sovereign governing of the world comes out clearly in Amos, too. The phrase “for three transgressions, yes, for four” reminds us that God does not judge nations for only one transgression. Every transgression will receive punishment from God, but judgment does not fall immediately. God could have judged these nations much sooner than He did, but He was patient and waited until they had sinned repeatedly.

In Genesis we read, “The iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete” (Gen. 15:16). God waited to judge all these nations until they had amassed so much sin that He could delay no longer to judge them. Fortunately, God deals with us the same way, or all of us would have died long ago. His dealings with groups of people—nations—depends on the conduct of the individuals in those groups.

Notes on Amos, By Dr. Thomas L. Constable, Sonic Light

The most comprehensive survey of early Christianity on the question of abortion comes from Michael J. Gorman in Abortion and the Early Church. As Gorman states, “all Christian writers opposed abortion.” Every mention of abortion in the early church rejects it, forcefully.

The Apostolic Constitutions, a document from the fourth century, asserts: “Thou shalt not slay thy child by causing abortion, nor kill that which is begotten. For every thing that is shaped, and hath received a soul from God, if it be slain, shall be avenged, as being unjustly destroyed.”

Gorman writes: “Writers of the first three Christian centuries laid the theological and literary foundation for all subsequent early Christian writing on abortion. We will see that three important themes emerged during these centuries: the fetus is the creation of God; abortion is murder; and the judgment of God falls on those guilty of abortion.”

Performing Abortion is “God’s Work?” The Real Story of Christianity and Abortion, Albert Mohler, May 15, 2017

He dug out for me a quote from the journalist Murat Halstead’s book “The War Claims of the South,” published in 1867. “The lesson of the war that should never depart from us,” Halstead wrote, “is that the American people have no exemption from the ordinary fate of humankind. If we sin, we must suffer for our sins, like the Empires that are tottering and the Nations that have perished.”

Is America Headed for a New Kind of Civil War?, By Robin Wright, The New Yorker, August 14, 2017

So, if it’s possible Lincoln was on to something with his belief that the Civil War was payback for slavery, is it possible the same thing could be in play over abortion?

Look at this passage Paula made us begin to wonder about…


And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man.

“Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.
And you, be fruitful and multiply, increase greatly on the earth and multiply in it.”

Genesis 9:5-7


A crazy what if. But, if Christianity is the story we are in, is America facing a repayment problem over the embrace of abortion?

Because abortion is nothing marginal in American society…


I cannot think of any reason why we should judge that this movement toward abortion as an indispensable, even if regrettable, presupposition of our way of life has crested. It is a linchpin of our culture.

The stunning fact which upon which any pro-life reassessment must focus is this: Americans’ beliefs and practices about abortion have digested the truth about the unborn with nary a hiccup. A growing number of Americans say that they approve of abortion, even though they regard it as “murder.”

The Pro-Life Movement, Forty-One Years After Roe, by Gerard V. Bradley, Public Discourse, January 22, 2014

This is not just a theoretical issue of interest only to philosophers, for real people are being put to death as a result of these dehumanizing philosophies. We have already witnessed many grotesque horrors, such as the Stalinist and Maoist communist atrocities against class enemies, or the Nazi Holocaust against racial groups. In most Western societies, we have opted for more democratic forms of killing, such as abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. On a smaller scale, some mass killers in Western societies, such as the Columbine perpetrators, have been influenced by secular philosophies to despise humanity and scorn prohibitions against murder. Why not kill people, they reason, if we are all just meaningless blobs of protein, and it will give them a thrill?

Richard Weikart, The Death of Humanity and the Case for Life

And the United States is with China in a very unique group of nations…


Roe created a legal regime that Time magazine soon dubbed “abortion on demand.” Forty-one years later, the United States is one of four countries—along with Canada, North Korea, and China—that allow abortion for virtually any reason at any time during pregnancy.

41 Years Later: Why Roe Said What It Did, by JUSTIN BUCKLEY DYER, Law and Liberty, January 22, 2014

[I]n the U.S. today, abortion is legal through all nine months of pregnancy, for any reason whatsoever, and sometimes with taxpayers’ subsidies, putting our nation in the company of North Korea, China, and Canada as the only nations that allow abortion for any reason after fetal viability.

What Will Happen When Roe v. Wade Is Overturned?, By Clarke Forsythe, National Review, November 23, 2016

And like China, American society is busy suppressing the truth about abortion…


Another way to put the problem is that what is known to all is not admitted by all. Hebrew and Christian Scriptures portray the human race as in denial. This may seem an abstract point. In reality it is very practical. Consider for example the abortionist. We say the duty to protect innocent human life is known to every human being. The abortionist says it can’t be, because it isn’t known to him. What do we say? “Forgive us, we are mistaken, we thought you knew but you do not”? No, we say, “You are lying. Perhaps also to yourself, but you are lying. You say you do not know, but you do. On this point, we know what you know better than you know what you know.” It is not from the lowest common denominator that we know this, not from Hallmark Cards, not from the Gallup Poll, but from the Letter to the Romans, from the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, from the seven laws given to the sons of Noah and explained by learned rabbis.

The Future of the End of Democracy, by J. Budziszewski, First Things (March 1999)

You asked me Uncle, to run all this through the lens–if Christianity is the story we are in. And when I do, we see that maybe their situation in America is much more dangerous for them than they realize!

Look at this passage we found in the book of Proverbs …


Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter.

If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?

Proverbs 24:11-12


There it is. Repayment.

And in light of that passage, consider this …


For me, it is enough to consider that, in America alone, more than forty million babies have been aborted since the Supreme Court invented the “right” that allows for this, and that there are many for whom this is viewed not even as a tragic “necessity,” but as a triumph of moral truth. When the Carthaginians were prevailed upon to cease sacrificing their babies, at least the place vacated by Baal reminded them that they should seek the divine above themselves; we offer up our babies to “my” freedom of choice, to “me.” No society’s moral vision has ever, surely, been more degenerate than that.

A Most Partial Historian, by David B. Hart, First Things, December 2003

So then, here is something we’re wondering about…

What if America’s repayment for the Abortion Elephant in their Room comes through the Black Swan of the Gray Rhino – their divided house?

After all, there have been some serious Americans who believed that the continuation of abortion in America could lead to the end of the United States.

President Ronald Reagan believed the very survival of a free America was threatened by abortion…


We will never recognize the true value of our own lives until we affirm the value in the life of others, a value of which Malcolm Muggeridge says:. . . however low it flickers or fiercely burns, it is still a Divine flame which no man dare presume to put out, be his motives ever so humane and enlightened.”

Abraham Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some men could decide that others were not fit to be free and should therefore be slaves. Likewise, we cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide. My Administration is dedicated to the preservation of America as a free land, and there is no cause more important for preserving that freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning.

“Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation,” Ronald Reagan, Human Life Review, Spring, 1983

In a January 1984 speech, Reagan stated:

This nation fought a terrible war so that black Americans would be guaranteed their God-given rights. Abraham Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some could decide whether others should be free or slaves. Well, today another question begs to be asked: How can we survive as a free nation when some decide that others are not fit to live and should be done away with? I believe no challenge is more important to the character of America than restoring the right to life to all human beings. Without that right, no other rights have meaning. “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for such is the kingdom of God.”

Those are the words of Christ, applied by Reagan to unborn children.

Hillary’s Hypocrisy, By Paul Kengor, The American Spectator, June 25, 2018

And Uncle, Reagan was not the only one who recognized the threat abortion poses to America. Look what we found from a famous American Christian named Charles Colson…


I can’t cut them much slack, however, on the question of life, because it is the very basis of our entire system of governance, is predicated on the fact that we are preserving the dignity of human life. As a Christian, believing that we are made in the image of God Himself, the Imago Dei is in us, and that Christ became flesh. You have to see the centrality of life through the entire message of the Bible.

Chuck Colson on Christianity in the age of Obama, The Hugh Hewitt Show, February 25, 2009

So what if the elephant in their room eventually plays a key role in America committing suicide, Uncle?

Remember what Abraham Lincoln warned them about…


All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.

Abraham Lincoln, The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions: Address Before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois, January 27, 1838

And given what the Americans have done by allowing the private right to kill a child, what if this was very relevant?…


Lincoln’s whole policy, on the contrary, was a denial that things would take care of themselves, that progress would result from anything but man’s foresight, judgment, and courage. The impulse of the Revolution had been a mighty one, Lincoln believed, and great things had been achieved because of it. But the spirit of ’76 and the spirit of Nebraska were utter incompatibilities. The Nebraska bill could never even have been considered if there had not been an enormous change in public opinion, a change for the worse that augured still further changes for the worse, changes which portended the utter extinction of a weary mankind’s hope that there might at last be a demonstration of man’s capability to govern himself. To avert these changes no reliance could be placed on anything so absurd as “soil and climate.” The only reliance, the only rock upon which man’s political salvation might be built, was man’s moral sense, the determination of some men to be free, and the awareness that no man can rightfully achieve freedom for himself or, in the presence of a just God, long retain his freedom if he would deny to any other man, of whatever race or nation, the right to equal freedom.

Harry Jaffa, CRISIS OF THE HOUSE DIVIDED

So, as you think about how the story of America may turn out, are you sure you want to keep pondering from that minimalist corner?

After all, what if …


Donald Trump May Have Been Chosen to Reveal the Minimalist Corner Betrayal of the Unborn by America’s Christians


Crazy, right? But maybe you’ll want to be thinkin’ like Lincoln…


And remember, we really want to know…