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“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Prov. 25: 11).
By the time of the American Revolution, 7 of the original 13 colonies had abolished slavery through the efforts of Quakers, Methodists, and other Christian denominations.
The practice of slavery clearly ran counter to the principle of liberty, but slavery as an institution was not viewed as unconstitutional prior to the Civil War.
Abraham Lincoln respected the Constitution, but recognized this inherent contradiction.
As Lincoln knew, the Constitution does not exist merely for its own sake, as though it were only a set of procedural rules. It is intended to preserve the principle of liberty for all .
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