Both sides read the same Bible…

B. Nash

 

 

 

I’m thinking about President Lincoln’s words in his Second  Inaugural Address: ” …Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God…”  I am humbled by those thoughts. Although we may strongly believe our side was the right side-it’s not that easy, is it? I’m talking about, of course, the Civil War. I believe strongly that slavery was evil and that the North was morally right. Yet, it was Lincoln who made words to the effect that both the South and the North shared guilt for slavery. The whole nation was in the wrong. Lincoln, at times, was not at all sure what side God was on. He struggled with the question greatly. Ironically, both the South and the North shared similar Christian thoughts and beliefs. There were Christian believers on both sides. Wearing a gray confederate uniform or a blue yankee uniform didn’t make anyone less of a believer in God. Maybe that is part of the reason why Lincoln wasn’t of a mind to be harsh with the defeated South. Unlike the Radical Republicans, he wanted the smoothest transition possible in restoring harmony between the two sides-without punishment and revenge. I think he realized that slavery had been effectively eradicated, and that-people North and South were more alike than different. After all, they “both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God.”

 

 

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