In 1863, Lincoln stated in his national day of prayer and fasting proclamation:
“The awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins. …
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.”
My comments: Today, America's only hope is to do what President Lincoln proclaimed to the Nation in 1863.