A house divided

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The present state of the United States has been termed a “divided nation.” We’re divided depending on where you stand in politics, education, climate change, gun control, immigration, “you name it.” Even the casual observer has to feel a tinge of fear or worry. Listening to a radio podcast, I couldn’t help but think of the common idiom, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” This quote is often credited to Abraham Lincoln. While he did use the phrase to kick off his reelection speech in Springfield, IL, June 16, 1858, he didn’t invent it. Jesus did.

We find in the Scriptures that the religious elite of the day were attacking Jesus, saying, “demonic possession was the only explanation for his ability to do miracles.” Jesus answered them with common sense and logic: A house divided against itself cannot stand  Mark 3:25.  His statement was pretty simple. If Satan used his own power to cast out demons, he would be creating a civil war in his own kingdom. He would be destroying himself.

Could we be close to destroying ourselves in our present divided nation? It’s my opinion that these issues will never be ultimately solved through legislation, protest, or conflict. The issues are issues of heart, character, and sinful human nature. That’s the reason so many of my weekly blog posts point people to a relationship with Christ. That’s how change happens. I believe that unless a person changes on the inside, any other changes will be temporary and inadequate. Join me in praying for peace…peace with God, peace with others, and peace with yourself.

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