In his Second Inaugural Address, President Abraham Lincoln invoked passages from both the Old and New Testaments to describe the significance of the challenge his nation then confronted, and to emphasize his commitment to see justice prevail. Whether you are religious, or whether you love the beauty of the language of the King James bible for its own sake, or whether you admire the eloquence of a leader who did not shrink from a grave and momentous struggle, it seems appropriate on this day, the day after his latest successor withdrew his country from the Paris Climate Agreement, to consider again the words he chose to emphasize in 1865:
“Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.” (Matthew 18:7)
“…so still it must be said, ’the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.’” (Psalm 19:9)
So too, the judgments of history are true and righteous. This is a bad decision. History will judge Donald Trump accordingly.