Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebul.
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Abraham Lincoln made these words from the Bible famous in a speech against slavery when he ran for the state senate in Illinois. Today, the United States is still divided with anarchists murdering, burning, and looting. People wage war on Christianity by lying. We need to pray for this country while we still have religious freedom.
In Jesus time, the Jewish faith was divided. Some were against Jesus and some were for Jesus. The Pharisees were against Jesus. They had power in the temples and weren’t about to give it up. They fabricated lies against Jesus as opponents often do. Their lie was weak. Unfortunately, Satan won’t drive his own warriors out of our minds and spirits.
Jesus adds another teaching moment. In addition to looking at kingdoms and countries, he wants us to examine our families. What can we do to unite our families? Perhaps an act of holiness. Maybe we’re pretending to know an in-law’s heart, and we don’t. God knows exactly what is needed. Ask him.
Father God, I pray for the United States and its leaders. Please let a leader rise who can unite our country and stop the violence. Let us not forget we were founded as one nation under God. I pray for my family, Lord. Show me what is needed keep my family strong and undivided. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen