In our current political climate, the Presidency is constantly under rampant fire. Words like "impeach" and "remove" easily roll off America's tongue. It's refreshing to reminisce about a President the majority of America holds in high regards. His face is portrayed on our currency and precisely carved into a mountain of American champions. He sternly sits on a throne of justice, staring at the reflecting pool and Washington Monument. At his feet, another innovative icon stood years later shouting to the masses, "I Have a Dream!" His name is Abraham Lincoln.
Lincoln was the "glue" that held the nation together during the Civil War. As a social pioneer, or even "rebel" of sorts, Lincoln freed slaves with his powerful "Emancipation Proclamation", proving that the United States really was a land where ALL men were created EQUAL.
But as the nation celebrates the 105th anniversary of Lincoln's first inauguration, some troubling news has come to light. Some historians claim that Lincoln supported colonization and segregation, rather than the integration of all free men, regardless of their color. Newly uncovered documents found at the British National Archives and the United States National archives quote Lincoln stating to a group of free blacks standing outside the White House in 1862, "For the sake of your race, you should sacrifice something of your present comfort for the purpose of being as grand in that respect as the white people." In other words, Lincoln believed free blacks who envisioned their future in the United States were selfish, because Central America was an ideal climate for someone of their ethnicity. Now on the other hand, some historians disagree with this new evaluation of Lincoln's character. They say Lincoln might have originally supported colonization, but towards the end of the Civil War, his views changed. I sure hope they're right. Any man who promotes social justice and equality is high on my list of heroes.
This debate about Lincoln does make me wonder, if we show Christ to the world through the integrity of our lives, what does the world see? Do we illustrate the "lamb without blemish", who was "full of grace and truth", sent to do the "will of the Father?" Or, do we illustrate a persona that fasely represents the Messiah? From time to time we will make mistakes, and we'll fail to be the exact "blue print" of Christ. But even though we aren't divine, our mistakes don't give us the excuse to distort who Jesus really is!
Take a long, hard look at your life. Does it portray Christ correctly? Make sure there aren't any "disheartening discoveries" about the Savior!