A HOUSE DIVIDED
On June 16th, 1858, as he accepted his party’s nomination to be the senator from the state of Illinois, Abraham Lincoln spoke these words:
“A house divided against itself, cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved – I do not expect the house to fall – but I do expect it will cease to be divided.”
These are strong words that are particularly applicable today as we, the children of God, have become divided by the ideologies of race, gender, economics, and politics!
In Mark, chapter 3, verse 25, Jesus responds to the scribes’ claim that He is Beelzebub and is casting out demons. He responds to their claim with the rhetorical question: How can Satan cast out Satan? His point is that a house divided against itself cannot stand, it cannot survive. He repeats this when He states “every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:” (Matthew 12:25)
Can we justifiably claim to be the children of God and at the same time perpetuate the divisions within the Church that keep us apart and in conflict?
Scripture: Luke 11:14-23