What’s Your Mandate?

An American family Bible dating to 1859.

An American family Bible dating to 1859.

I love Abraham Lincoln. I love the fact that he had a clear mandate that guided everything he said and did. His mandate was twofold. One was to preserve the nation, and one was to end slavery. Lincoln had two sources for guiding his decision making. One was the law and the constitution, and the other was something profound in his heart. We have a mandate and ours is twofold as well. This is a surprising parallel because our mandate is in Mark chapter 12 from the mouth of Jesus, and the guy talking with him was a lawyer. The guy didn’t say, “Give me your mandate.” Instead, he said to Jesus, “What is the most important of all the commandments?” Jesus’ answer went straight to the law, and then straight to the heart.

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