Audience with the President

Following the Civil War, a dejected confederate soldier was sitting outside the grounds of the White House. A young boy approached him and inquired why he was so sad. The solider related how he had repeatedly tried to see President Lincoln to tell him why he was unjustly deprived of certain lands in the South following the war. On each occasion as he attempted to enter the White House, the guards crossed their bayoneted guns in front of the door and turned him away. The boy motioned to the old soldier to follow him. When they approached the entrance, the guards came to attention, stepped back and opened the door for the boy. He proceeded to the library where the President was resting and introduced the soldier to his father. The boy was Tad Lincoln. The soldier had gained an audience with the President through the President’s son. It is through Jesus, God’s only begotten Son (John 3:16) that we have access to God, our heavenly Father (John 14:6).

Source: Abraham Lincoln, as cited by Donald G. Barnhouse, “God’s River: Romans 5:1-11. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1958. p. 39.

Contributed by: John Williams III

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