Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Monday, February 12, 2001
Lincoln's birthday has been combined with George Washington's and called "President's Day." That's too bad. Each man deserves his own day of recognition by a grateful country.
One of Lincoln's most profound statements was his proclamation in 1863 for a day of humiliation, fasting and prayer over the Civil War. He said, "It is the duty of nations and of men to owe their dependence on the overruling power of God and to confess this truth, announced in Holy Scriptures and proven by all history: that only those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord. 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 hand that graciously preserved us, and we have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all of these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success; we have become too self-sufficient to feel the need of redeeming grace; too proud to pray to the God who made us. It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power and to pray for national clemency and forgiveness." See any parallels here?
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.