I’m using a post from back in 2015, but the thoughts are still relevant.
“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. It will become all one thing or all the other.”
These words were spoken by Abraham Lincoln in his bid for the senate. Our country was in the throes of debates over slavery and a massive influx of immigrants from foreign lands. Both of these things were pitting brother against brother and eventually resulted in the Civil War which killed over 600,000 Americans.
In the movie, “Gangs of New York,” we have a great example of how prejudice and corruption were invading the streets of New York. Somehow the entire scenario seems almost familiar. Today we still battle prejudice – we have another massive influx of immigrants – we have corruption, bias and political correctness to the max.
This phrase was also used by Patrick Henry when the American Revolution was being fought. It was originally spoken by Jesus after being accused by the Pharisees of being demon possessed. He had just released a man from his own demons, in Matthew 12:22-28. Jesus simply stated that the devil would not fight against himself.
We still live in a country where race is an issue. The Statue of Liberty opens her arms to all nations as a place free from persecution and rebellion, but do we continue to set ourselves apart from them when they enter our borders?
Are we once more setting ourselves above others? Christians are guilty of this as much as anyone else. We say we welcome anyone into our family, but do we really? Are we no different than those early Americans who claimed to be “natives” because of their many years living here?
The only way our country will re-claim its place as a super power is to work together once more. We are all strangers in this world. If we trust and believe in God, Heaven is our home.