Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Mindy Rogers

“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.” This was Abraham Lincoln’s response when asked if he believed that God was on the union’s side. Many people do not know whether to believe if President Abraham Lincoln was religious or not. However Lincoln appreciated prayer. There were instances recorded in diaries and letters where Lincoln allowed visitors to pray with him or allowed visitors to ask Lincoln to pray for them. There is also some evidence of Lincoln praying. After the death of Lincoln’s young sons he was comforted by ministers. The ministers testified that they had witnessed Lincoln’s faith. Lincoln declared after meeting with the minister, “I am now convinced of the truth of the Christian religion.” While this would prove to several people that Lincoln was religious, other people still had their doubts. A variety of people would consider that Lincoln was not a religious person because he did not regularly attend a church. Not all people who are religious must go to a church to show what they believe in. “In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book.” Although Lincoln did not attend church regularly, this quote proves that President Lincoln could still be religious through reading the Bible. “I know there is a God and that He hates injustice and slavery…” President Abraham Lincoln was indeed a religious man and did believe in God. Mindy Rogers Fisher Jr. Sr. High School Fisher, IL