SWEET FREEDOM DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Friends of Abe

Last photograph of Abraham Lincoln, (1809-1865), 16th president of the United States of America, April 1865. Lincoln joined the Republican party in 1858 and was elected president two years later. In 1863, he proclaimed the emancipation of all slaves in the southern Confederate states and later that year restated his anti-slavery views in the Gettysburg Address. During his 1864 campaign for re-election, he embraced the abolition of slavery. He was infamously shot by actor John Wilkes Booth whilst attending the theatre in 1865. (Colorised black and white print). (Photo by Print Collector/Getty Images)

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

 

Do you remember “Friends of Bill”? As in Clinton? That was the catchphrase used to describe the motley group of Arkansas cronies who tagged along with him to Washington, D.C., after his unlikely 1992 victory. Well, in 2005, some red-blooded Americans created a group called “Friends of Abe” (as in Lincoln) to counteract the liberalism that our culture is so eager to embrace.

 

And  you’ll never guess where that group started…

Hollywood. Yes, you read that correctly. Members are kept largely private, but some of the conservatives who aren’t afraid to claim our values are actor Gary Sinise, icon Clint Eastwood, actor Kelsey Grammer, actress Patricia Heaton, actor Jon Voight, and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lionel Chetwynd.

 

I love that these professionals – as well as director Nick Searcy, actress and bestselling author Suzanne Somers, singer Naomi Judd, and actresses Morgan Brittany and Janine Turner – aren’t just preaching to the choir. They’re boldly proclaiming conservatism in a very hostile environment.

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They know if we change the culture, we change politics.

 

Todd and I had the honor of attending one of the Friends of Abe events at the Hilton Universal City Hotel in Los Angeles. Mark Steyn was the brilliant keynote speaker, and I had the chance to meet a lot of celebrities with common sense. (Turns out Andrew Breitbart’s father-in-law is actually a hilarious comedian. I had no idea!)

 

Sweet Freedom in Action

Today, rent an Eastwood movie – I’d suggest American Sniper – and support conservatives in the arts.

 

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