Let’s Face it, We Are a Divided Nation
Ramon Arias | August 4, 2014
Madeline Albright was the Secretary of State during the Clinton administration. On Sunday (July 27) on CBS’s “Face the Nation” interview she was asked the following question by Bob Schieffer: “Can you recall a time when there was so much trouble in so many places around the world?" After her analysis she made a concluding statement: “To put it mildly, the world is a mess.”
Yes, the world is a mess, and the reason for such chaos in the world is not rocket science, that is, if you understand and accept the real cause of all human problems. Interestingly enough, it has nothing to do with race, color of skin or what part of the world people live in as we shall see.
The word “mess” is used in a variety of ways to make a point. But in this brief editorial, we are going to stick to how it applies in regard to the world being a mess. Some of the synonyms of mess are chaos, confusion, disorder and disarray. We do not have to look too far at what is happening in the whole world to say "what a mess." We have only to look at what is happening here at home.
Since America is part of the world, we cannot blind ourselves into believing otherwise. In other words, that the world is in one category and America is apart. Let us accept the hard truth that she is also in a big mess all her own. What creates chaos, confusion, disorder or disarray? We can answer this question with one word, division. Division is the outcome of a disagreement created by opposing views.
No human has ever lived with full understanding of life as Jesus did. He was perfectly human and divine; His knowledge of the eternal and temporal is unequaled. Without Jesus, life is meaningless, and humanity is in deep intellectual and spiritual darkness; death looms over us like an impenetrable barrier.
Two thousand years ago Jesus came into the world to lead people to the truth, to show the way to life and to unveil life's true meaning and purpose. He did it in a way never before known to man, and yet it was no secret. His appearing on the human scene was revealed a little over 4,000 years prior to His coming to earth. We were told exactly what His mission would accomplish on behalf of humanity.
During His public life, Jesus was misunderstood even to the point of accusing Him of being demon possessed for doing good by means of the supernatural. He did not take it personal nor was he offended; He used the occasion to teach them an eternal truth:
“And he called them to him and said to them in parables, ‘How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end.’” Mark 3:23-26
History has many teachings of the rise and fall of empires or great nations; do you know what they all had in common? They thought they were indestructible. They were blinded to the reality of their enormous internal moral decadence and divisions. They did not give God and His principles their rightful place.
It is more than obvious that the culture of evil is increasing all around us. Day by day the divide between good and evil in our society grows wider and wider. What is the source of knowledge and ideas being implementing in all areas of life? How are they manifesting in the nation? Jesus was very clear; Satan's ideas can only produce division and destruction. In order for Satan's culture to succeed humans must accept his offer of lies and apply them personally, in their families and all this will carry over into our social institutions. No, we cannot blame the devil for offering us lies, if we take his offer then the blame is on us, and the outcome will always be monumental problems. God’s truth unites, but also Satan’s lies unite; both are at war against each other. Do you know who always wins? History shouts the answer to that question back at us loud and clear. God’s will always wins because He is the owner and Sovereign of the world.
Abraham Lincoln said:
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
Founding Father Patrick Henry said:
“Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.”
History also reveals that when individuals and societies apply the full counsel of God's revealed truth, great and positive things happen. Jesus left us His example so we can follow in His footsteps with confidence: “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.” John 5:19
“For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak.” John 12:49
“For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.” John 6:38
Jesus followed God's moral law guided by the Holy Spirit and so can we if we choose to do things His way. Our unity for the good begins with the Godhead, and God's people are beginning to understand this unwavering principle. In this unchangeable truth, the future of America and the world rests.
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” James 1:22
"If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instruction and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity." Daniel Webster (1782-1852), American statesman