Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” vss. 24-25

Mark 3:20-30

Abraham Lincoln quoted this verse when he launched his campaign in 1858 as the Republican candidate for the United States Senate from Illinois. These words opened his speech and were a direct reference to the impending division of the United States that had been triggered by a massive controversy over slavery. Some read these verses today with a sense of chill. There is currently a deep division in our country surrounding the political rhetoric that has come to dominate conversations not only on the national level but even within our congregations. Some are even saying that another civil war is on the horizon, with some sadly even looking forward to the prospect. While there is no single issue driving the controversy, the divisions are real and devastating. Jesus knew what could happen when such conflicts continued to fester, and warned his listeners of the consequences. His words contain a timeless truth, and it is the special responsibility of his followers in these times to put aside the pointless and malicious accusations and assertions that threaten the unity of our country. We have much more serious things to worry about than this intolerable wrangling being sparked by small-minded and slanderous politicians of every shape and kind. Some masquerade as Christians, but their words are evidence of their treasonous hearts!

Thought for the Day: Why are we so angry?


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