Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Jaylin Gadel

Lincoln’s faith is an issue that has been widely debated throughout history. His views and practices did not always line up with Christian orthodoxy. Various sources noted that he was not a member of a church and he did not observe the Holy Festival. During his presidency, he attended church only fourteen times. Lincoln did not practice a traditional “Christian lifestyle.” However, there is evidence that shows he was a Christian by today’s terms. The United States’ sixteenth president made small hints to his faith throughout his life. Lincoln learned the Ten Commandments at a young age, and it was apparent throughout his life that his behavior was influenced by them. He made references to God in many of his speeches. He valued prayer and even allowed White House visitors to pray with him. Still, many people in our time would say belief in God is not enough to be considered a Christian. In the Bible, Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). One of the few times Lincoln mentioned Jesus Christ was in a letter to a friend. Lincoln wrote, “When I went to Gettysburg and saw the graves of thousands of our soldiers, I then and there consecrated myself to Christ. Yes, I do love Jesus.” This statement of faith lines up directly with modern Christianity. I believe Lincoln was a Christian because his lifestyle reflected that of Jesus’. Lincoln’s admirable qualities, including honesty, patience, self-control, and genuine kindness all pointed to Jesus. These Christ-like qualities were what made Abraham Lincoln an honorable president. Jaylin Gadel Fisher High School Fisher, IL