How can a nation mollify God’s anger over their continued rebellion against Him?
In a Christ in Prophecy series titled “America’s Christian Heritage,” Dr. David Reagan interviews a historian who shares what one of America’s greatest presidents — Abraham Lincoln — understood about the consequences of national sin.
For over forty years the Rev. Peter Marshall has gained national recognition as a teacher and writer on America’s Christian heritage. Because he believes that our nation is in moral and spiritual crisis and that the only hope for restoration is revival, his increasingly prophetic ministry focuses on two major themes — recovering the original American vision with the truth about our Christian heritage, and putting 2 Chronicles 7:14 on national repentance into practice.
Son of the famous Senate chaplain Dr. Peter Marshall and author Catherine Marshall, Rev. Marshall has devoted himself to a continent-wide ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. He has co-authored three best-selling books about God’s call on America and His hand on our history — The Light and The Glory, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Sounding Forth the Trumpet. His ministry is called Peter Marshall Ministries.
What Lincoln Understood
Dr. Reagan: You are working on a book right now about the Christian heritage of America as it relates to the Civil War. One of the things that comes to mind is that great proclamation that Abraham Lincoln issued during the Civil War in which he stated point blank that he believed that the Civil War was the result of this nation’s sin.
Rev. Marshall: No question about it.
Dr. Reagan: Lincoln said we needed to repent before the Lord. He asked everyone to go to their churches and synagogues, I think it was on a Thursday of a week, and pray to God to forgive us of our sins so that this war might come to an end. I believe if a President of the United States were to issue such a proclamation like that today, he would probably be impeached.
Rev. Marshall: Repentance is very much needed. It is desperately needed for us to have a President in the White House who will say that kind of thing. Now, President Reagan used to talk that way, but since then we have not had as much of that kind of talk. Of course, after 9/11 George W. Bush talked that way.
The problem is that we’ve lost that sense of God’s judgment because we have lost the sense of God’s call and His plan for the nation. If you understand God’s plan for the nation of America is to be a moral and spiritual leader, an example to the rest of the world of the possibilities of life on this planet, if you understand that, then you understand that if the nation turns its back on that call then comes the judgments.
For example, look at how God dealt with Israel. The Puritans saw parallels between God’s dealings with ancient Israel and God’s dealings with them. Repentance together as a nation was the only answer to God dealing with their sins.