Posted by: the warrioress | January 13, 2012

A House Divided

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

From the Bible, Matthew 12:25 (King James Version):

“And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand”.

It breaks my heart as I witness  Christians bickering with one another over the pettiest of issues like who is right and who is wrong.

For instance there are quarrels about what Jesus meant or did not mean; what He would think about “religion,” or about the state the church is in now. Would Jesus be a Democrat or a Republican? Whose politics would Jesus embrace; whose would He reject?  Frankly, I think Jesus already made it pretty clear what He would think about these in the passage above.

I think Jesus expects us to do the work of the Kingdom, to carry forth the Great Commission, to focus ourselves upon the work that is at hand. He’s not one for great debate and superfluous thought or bickering. As He said in Mark 9:40:

“for whoever is not against us is for us.”

Jesus would want us to embrace one another and remember that we all love Him, and that we are all working together as members of the Body of Christ for one solid renowned purpose — and that purpose is to bring those who don’t know Him, to Him, with great love and compassion as we go about this — our duty.

We should love one another, as He first loved us.  

Jesus H. Christ

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Responses

  1. Yes, yes, yes.

  2. What a coincidence! My devotion for my girls’ basketball team was the very same topic last night! I love affirmation.

  3. Warrioress:

    The recommendations you give in your post are very general (e.g., “do the work of the Kingdom”), but I don’t think it’s these general ideas that most Christian denominations disagree on. They disagree on the details. They disagree on how best the work of the Kingdom should be executed, or even on what that work actually is.

    I would argue that the extent of disagreement in the Christian community is a direct reflection of the extent of the ambiguities and room for interpretation that the Bible contains. It’s a bit like a badly worded question on a test: it results in students taking all sorts of wrong directions because they’ve all interpreted the question differently.

    If the Bible were more clear and precise, there’d be far fewer warring factions in Christianity.

    Most of the Bible is historical narrative, after all, and has nothing to do with how Christians (or their churches) should conduct themselves. And of course much of the moral stuff is deeply ensconced in the culture of the times, and has questionable relevance to today’s world.

    It is also extremely vague. “Love your neighbors as you love yourself”, for instance, is about as vague as it gets. Loving one’s neighbor as oneself means different things to different people because “oneself” is different in every case. (Abortion, for instance, is loving your neighbor because it looks out for the health of the mother. Preventing abortion, on the other hand, could also be loving your neighbor because it looks out for the health of the fetus.)

  4. I think you bring up a good point, Keith, so I did a little reading and found several places through out the bible where Christians are clearly told our purpose and what we’re to be primarily focused upon doing in the Christian life.

    These instructions are timeless. This is the wonderful thing about the bible — one never need fear that we have outgrown what the disciples of old were trying to tell us. These instructions apply even more now than they did then because of the state of the country, America, and our world. Many of us feel that we’re nearing the end times or may already be in the end times.

    If we had all the time in the world to bicker and fight with each other about interpreting this or that, it wouldn’t be a big deal but we don’t. The time is now to attempt to get on the same page and not remain “a house divided.” The forces of evil are certainly joining and unifying for their timely stand; they know that their time is short.

    The bible is extremely clear within the various verses I’m going to share on my next blog, which will be part two of this one. Have a look at it and give me your thoughts? Thanks.

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  6. So glad we agree, Cathy!

  7. Amen, Rich!

  8. I don’t hate religion, so I’m inclined to disagree with making religion the bad guy. I basically get the gist of this video but I don’t approve of attempting to get divisive within the body of Christ by dogging on the “religious.” I think we’re all at different places along the Christian journey and each place is valid and we were probably there once ourselves before being where we are now…

    Thanks for this, Pat. I hope you’re well and it’s good to see you on this blog again!

  9. I agree we are all ate different places .. I posted that as a reference of what some young people are thinking…sometimes it helps to understand people if you can hear what is on their mind. This was new to me but it did make me think .. I think we all have to have our own relationship with God and not depend on churches .. and religion. every denomination has a different doctrine .. which divides Christians .. I have a problem with that..

  10. Yes, I see what you’re saying, Pat. I guess I just think of religion as the same thing as spirituality or Christianity and don’t separate them, but I get what you mean.

  11. Only the Spirit of Jesus can unify us. The devil is constantly looking to divide us in any way he can. Only God’s love is strong enough to keep us together – the cord that cannot be broken. Only His love heals wounds and fills gaps, building bridges and bringing forgiveness, compassion and understanding. Only His eyes allow us to see one another as the beautiful, unique creation we each are. I pray Jesus will give us more of Himself, for this is the One Thing that is needed.

    Thank you for this, warrioress. Peace and blessings to you in Christ Jesus.


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