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How Would Jesus See The Gettysburg Address?
Gettysburg, The killing field
History and the New Testament
THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS
Let us take a look at the Gettysburg Address from the viewpoint of the New Testament.
Lincoln says his purpose is to: “dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place to those who here gave their lives that nation might live.”
Would Jesus have consecrated a killing field and advocated killing again and again? Lincoln places nation above God. Who was/is more correct, Lincoln or Jesus?
Land cannot be holy because land is not alive. People can be more or less holy based on their actions towards other people. Do not consecrate land for the purpose of justifying war. If you must consecrate land as a memorial, do so as an example to Avoid War.
Jesus taught to love one another. His final command to Peter was: sheath your sword. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Love your enemies. All of these teachings go against fighting and killing in combat. Jesus never strapped on a sword. We should not dedicate land as sacred if killing was involved.
Alternatives to fighting existed such as: The Underground Railroad, public and private education against slavery. Given time, the attitudes of people change.
Another alternative would be for the abolitionists to hire merchant ships to dock at Southern ports and take on a few slaves as they departed. The ships could not be tracked as a runaway could be. There would be no safe houses to be discovered. The freed slaves could be trained as sailors and paid a sailors wage. Thus sailing away would be a sustainable way to move slaves to freedom.
Lincoln further says, “It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.” “ -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – “
Dying for a cause does not consecrate land. Land is not alive. People are alive and may be more or less holy, but not land. Sacrificing does not remove any sin. Sin is in the mind. Forgiveness removes sin, not sacrifice.
The people who died at Gettysburg died in vain because they should not have fought at all. Killing people is not a proper goal. Killing is not hallowed. It would have been better to allow the South to secede and save 500,000 plus lives. Let us also not forget the widows and orphans left behind.
Set a high ideal. Fighting is not a high ideal. Be careful whom you follow. Do not dedicate yourself to fighting, even if the president asks you to fight for him.
Conclusion, promote peace.
Take the Peace Testimony: Renounce war and fighting for any cause or under any pretense whatsoever.
The history of war is still being fought.
Who was/is more correct: Lincoln or Jesus?
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