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Letter to the Editor: Trust in God, not politicians

“And, insomuch as we know that by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. 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 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.”

These words of Abraham Lincoln (written in a proclamation appointing a National Fast Day) ring truer as each day passes.

There have been economic panics, recessions, and depressions, but Americans rose above it all because of their faith in God, along with perseverance. Currently, we are struggling with a sluggish economy, but the mindset of the American people is in disarray.

We need to recognize that God has supreme authority in all the affairs of men and of nations, and that we should put our trust in Him.

People have placed their trust in their jobs, 401ks, the stock market, etc., only to find out that these things are unstable. Economic events throughout history prove this fact. Another economic collapse will come; that is inevitable. When it does, let’s not put our trust in politicians, but in God almighty.

Evan Larson

Perham, MN