Starkville Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By GARY AN­DREWS gary@gade­vo­tion­

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

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