Each time I have heard the President give his State of the Union address congress sits divided according to their political persuasion. I have never seen anything different until this year when some of the congressmen decided to sit next to their opposing party friends.
This is a great step forward in healing the diversity that this nation seems to be going through. As most of you, I didn’t think much about the division because I thought that was the way it was supposed to be.
On June 16, 1858, Abraham Lincoln, upon his acceptance as the Republican Party candidate, gave his famous “A House Divided” speech to over 1,000 people. His long lasting and many times used quote was, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
This was a paraphrase from what Jesus told the Pharisees in Matthew 12:25, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.”
Lincoln made his statement during a time of much controversy in the United States and was chastised by members of his own party for speaking this way. Why would any of us subject ourselves to criticism about this when our Lord and Savior spoke these words of truth?
Jesus went on to say, “If Satan drives out Satan, how then can his kingdom stand?”
I believe all of us as citizens of this great nation need to encourage our congressmen to work together for the good of the common man. Over the last 50 years we have allowed Satan to crawl into our government systems and take away many of our Christian inheritances and rights. It seems that in today’s society everyone has to be politically correct and stand for something whether it is what the Bible teaches or not.
We need to go back to the roots and beliefs that made our country the strongest and best in the world. Hopefully with this last State of the Union address and members crossed party lines to sit with their friends, this will be a good start.
Prayer: Father, thank you for a blessed nation. Thank you for the freedoms that you, and only you, allow us to have. I pray that the entire world will see our country as a Godly country and come to know you on a personal basis. Amen.
(Suggested daily Bible readings: Sunday - Matthew 12:22-36; Monday Psalm 55:9-11; Tuesday - Luke 12:4953; Wednesday - Galatians 4:8-20; Thursday - Jude 17-19; Friday -John 7:12-43; Saturday -Ezekiel 13:20-23.) A127-11