A House Divided

A house divided against itself cannot stand. 

Abraham Lincoln

On June 16, 1858, Abraham Lincoln gave his famous, "House Divided" speech. He was later to say that he was looking for a familiar phrase to get his point across on the dangers of a divided nation. The one he turned to for that familiar phrase was our Lord. Lincoln was warned by friends that his speech was too radical, but he insisted it was the right thing, so he did it.

Clearly, Lincoln presided over one of the most divisive and tumultuous eras of U.S. history. I believe, when we look at our nation today, that we are looking at a time comparable to that period. We have politicians who are skilled at division, not in uniting, and they are very good at what they do. One cannot turn on the T.V. or radio without hearing some outrageous remark, and they have their desired effect because we are outraged. But, have we ever stopped to wonder if, in fact, this is the motivation of many of our politicians? Have we ever wondered that perhaps it is in their best interest to continually divide rather than unite?

Perhaps it is time for courageous men and women to once again step forward and take a firm stand for what is decent and right, if for no other reason that it is decent and right. Perhaps it is time to stop looking to the short-sighted, self-interests of the day, and start looking at what is right in the eyes of God.

I am convinced that it was because of the firm Christian principles that our founders stood for that allowed this nation to become great. It is when we return to the bedrock of our faith - of loving the Lord with all of our heart and of loving our neighbors as ourselves, that we return to greatness. This is true for the individual, it is true for the family, it is true for the church, and it is certainly true for the nation. The only question is whether or not we will allow the skilled manipulators in the political realm to sway us more than our righteous God in the heavenly realm. It may seem that time is running out, but it is never too late to do the right thing.

Every city or house divided against itself will not stand.  

Matthew 12:25, NKJV