After the attacks on this nation of 9/11/2001, Dr. D. James Kennedy looked back at how previous presidents responded when our nation was at war. George Washington recognized that the only hope of American victory was our complete dependence upon God and our righteousness in His sight. President Lincoln called for a day of fasting and repentance and prayer on two occasions.
Lincoln proclaimed: “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!”
Today’s secularists cannot imagine our president saying such words, but today, as in previous times, if America is to be shielded from her enemies, we must come humbly before the Lord and confess our sins and humble ourselves before Him.
“Ah, my friends,” said Dr. Kennedy, “unless God’s people in this nation repent of their sins, turn from their wicked ways and seek the face of God, I do not believe that we will find anything but a long and difficult and expensive, in the worse sense of that word, struggle before us. We need to begin where Washington began. We need to begin where Lincoln began. We need to begin with ourselves, with the people of God.”