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 his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.
We do not yet know the outcome of the presidential election on Tuesday. However, one thing is very clear. We are still a deeply divided nation. Whether Republican or Democrat, this fact should give us pause. It should also make it clear that the real work ahead of us is not electing the right candidate but instead learning to see one another as fellow human beings. Jesus said ‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’ Our divisions in this country are our great weakness at this point in our life. As Christians, though, our invitation is to be part of the healing process by doing the hard work of loving our neighbor. At times like these, it is easy to let fear or anger guide our actions. It seems natural to try and protect ourselves. However, following Christ calls us to find our strength not by protecting ourselves but by loving and serving our neighbor.
Heavenly Father, source of our strength, bring healing to our divided nation. Help us to see one another. Give us the courage to love one another. Amen.