A return to the ancient paths: A house divided

Given the already nasty nature of the current political climate and the mind-boggling issues facing the United States, the outcome of the upcoming elections is going to have a pivotal impact on the future of our nation and our families. Unfortunately, there are few who will stand up for what is right, and when they do, the news media, the cancel culture, and the political opposition cry loud and hard. It is arguable that we have become a nation where morality, common sense, respect for others, and kindness have been replaced by moral relativism, political intolerance, and ideological bigotry.  Given, however, the immense challenges we face as a people, many wonder if we can survive as a nation.

Christ said in Matthew 12:25, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” He later says in verse 39. “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” Politicians are trying to consolidate their power by pitting class against class, black against white, conservative against liberal, have nots against haves, women against men, and children against parents. They are trying to divide rather than unite. If you do not understand, just look at the television ads for anything from politics to humanitarianism. Little is being said about how to unite together to fix problems. A lot of finger pointing.

Many believe with good reason that this nation is on the verge of a civil war. Everybody has an opinion, but there are few solutions. Those who have an opinion are marginalized as hate mongers or extremists or both. This kind of divisive rhetoric only further drives wedges into disagreement. But the problem is far deeper than the ranting of political opponents. Informed citizens should be able to discern between truth and lies. The real problem is what Christ said that “he that is not with me is against me.” The nation as a whole is not with Christ. So many memorialize sodomy, abortion, covetousness, idolatry, lies, and false teachings by “judging not lest we be judged.” Using the Bible to justify abomination.

We need to get back to finding what God wants for us. The first part of Jeremiah 6:16 says, “Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask about the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it, and you shall find rest for your souls…” This is good advice. If we as a people could find it in ourselves to find the good way on the ancient path, we would be on the way to healing ourselves, our families, our communities, and our nation. Unfortunately, like in Jeremiah’s time, our nation is so divided, the resolve of the people is as in the second part of Jeremiah 6:16, “But they said, We will not walk in it.” The new normal is that America is divided and, in my opinion, it’s because she is separated from her true savior, Christ.

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Bill Wilson

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