from Letters of John Newton, 1778
The whole system of my politics is summed up in this one verse, The Lord reigns. Let the nations tremble. –Psalm 99:1
The times look awfully dark indeed, and as the clouds grow thicker, the stupidity of the nation seems proportionally to increase. If the Lord had not a remnant here, I would have very formidable apprehensions. But He loves His redeemed children — some are sighing and mourning before Him, and I am sure He hears their sighs, and sees their tears. I trust there is mercy in store for us at the bottom, but I expect a shaking time before things get into a right channel — before we are humbled and are taught to give Him the glory.
The state of the nation, the state of the churches — both are deplorable. Those who should be praying are disputing and fighting among themselves. Alas! how many professors are more concerned for the mistakes of government than for their own sins.
Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns! Revelation 19:6