The Perils of a House Divided

Dr. Michael Brown

Dr. Michael Brown

From Dr. Michael Brown:

Over the last few weeks, a tremendous amount of my time has been focused on a critical issue that is bringing major division to many evangelical Christians in America which leads me to ask myself, “If we, as a sub-group within a sub-group, can’t even work together, how can we possibly influence the larger world around us?”

But that question doesn’t only apply to religious groups and organizations. Watching the many divisions that threaten to tear conservatives apart hasn’t been any more heartening, and regardless of who we are, the same principles apply to all us.

Here are some quotes and principles as a reminder of the importance of building unity around common goals, not allowing our secondary differences to divide us.

1) A house divided will not stand. These words go back to Jesus in the Gospels when he was challenged by the religious leaders of his day.

When accused of healing the sick and driving out demons by Satan’s power, he replied, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?” (Matt 12:25-26)

Abraham Lincoln famously used this quote when chosen as the Republican presidential candidate on June 16, 1858. In his speech, he stated:

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

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