Jesus said it; Abe Lincoln repeated it; and we ignore it to our peril: a “house divided against itself shall not stand” (Matthew 12:25). The apostle Paul wisely said, “But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another” (Galatians 5:15, ESV). People, the division of our country has got to stop. As long as we seek victory instead of reconciliation, this nation will be torn apart. All sorts of social issues have been in the news this week, and victories have been celebrated, but we are all losers in these culture wars—except the elites in government and media who keep us divided to weaken us and hold on to their power.
I am a Christian; some people are homosexual. Okay. So? Do we REALLY have to hate each other? You won’t hear this in the news, but I don’t want the government controlling your bedroom any more than I want it controlling my church. We do not have to agree, but neither do we have to control each other. Whether ignorant Christians use the power of the government to persecute homosexuals or ignorant homosexuals use the power of the government to persecute Christians, our hatred for each other grows, the power of the state grows, and the American people lose.
The more we are divided—homosexuals vs. Christians, whites vs. blacks, police vs. citizens, northerners vs. southerners, rich vs. poor, Democrats vs. Republicans—the more we lose: the more dignity, compassion, and freedom we give up. We must not let these Manufacturers of Outrage divide us, for we are all Americans.
Our country has never perfectly lived up to its principles, but I still believe that the principles to which most Americans aspire should be able to unite us, even when we disagree. Should we not be able to unite around things like compassion for our neighbors, common decency, standing up for the oppressed among us, and defending the rights of those with whom we vehemently disagree? Is that not at least a part of what it means to be an American? If those principles really are dead, then we are about to take a massive step back into a time of savagery and tyranny.
Maybe I am naïve, but I still believe that we can be adult enough to treat others the way we would like to be treated (Matthew 7:12). I long for a day when we put down our swords and realize that our fellow Americans are not our enemies. I long for a day when we collectively wake up to the game that is being played and tell the powers-that-be to get out of our bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens, our churches, our schools, our marriages, our doctors offices, and all the other places where they don’t belong. I long for a day when the government focuses again on defending the rights of the individual instead of forcing Americans into manageable demographic corrals and pitting us against each other.
I long for a day when we can respect each other enough—in spite of our great differences—to really be Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.
The preceding article was written on 26 June 2015, in response to the discord surrounding the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex “marriage.” It is not in support of homosexuality or the Court’s decision, but the idea that we can be kind to each other even while we disagree vehemently with one another. Pray for our country and that Christians will love, and lead by example.