Luke 11:14 Now (Jesus) was casting out a demon that was mute; when the demon had gone out, the one who had been mute spoke, and the crowds were amazed. 15 But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.” 16 Others, to test him, kept demanding from him a sign from heaven. 17 But he knew what they were thinking and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself becomes a desert, and house falls on house. 18 If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? —for you say that I cast out the demons by Beelzebul.
A kingdom or house divided against itself cannot stand (v.17).
It seems there is lots of division right now in the US. There is racial division, there is political division, there is socio-economic division. In one sense this is nothing new. There is always some level of division, or tension, in a democracy. Tension can be a good thing. Some suggest that the American Civil War of the 1860s is what made the modern United States possible. There’s no question that the civil rights struggles of the 1960s created a far more equitable and just society – even if there is more work to be done in this area. Division/tension is not all bad, but it is always painful and often bloody.
I wonder if we are in the midst of one of these seismic cultural shifts now. Certainly feels like it to me. Lord have mercy…
Heavenly Father, it is true that a house divided cannot stand. We pray this morning for our nation, that you will help us find a way to bring more peace and less strife. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.