My heart this week…
If only the world could understand it.
There’s only ever been two nations founded on godly, Biblical, principles. Israel and us (the United States). Both declaring themselves to be one nation under God.
Yet not long after Israel became a nation, it found itself divided into two kingdoms. Two sides. Two halves. Brother vs. brother fighting against each other.
Just as the United States, seems to find itself today. Still young (relatively speaking), brother vs. brother, divided over just about everything. (We could list it all but seriously who’s got time for that?)
But why? Why has our country divided? I think the answer lies with Israel.
It wasn’t because of politics Israel divided. It had nothing to do with the right verses the left. Nor was it because of health care costs. Israel found themselves divided for one reason and one reason only.
They forsook the LORD their God (1 Kings 11:31-34).
Worshiping false gods instead of the LORD. Refusing to walk in His ways. Replacing the commandments with whatever felt right in their own eyes.
Sound familiar? It sounds like today.
God says serve me, but we serve ourselves.
God says love me, but we love money and sex and Hollywood.
God says pray, but we say no.
God says “Be holy,” but we live in unrighteousness.
God says teach your children about me, but we’re too busy.
God says don’t take my name in vain, but we use it relentlessly.
And… (just to name one more)
God says flee sexual immorality but we’ve embraced it.
Which is what also led to Solomon’s downfall. The third and final king before Israel split.
“And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned away from the LORD…Therefore the LORD said to Solomon, “Since this has been your practice and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes that I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you and will give it to your servant.” 1 Kings 11:9-11
But because of God’s promise to David, Solomon’s son (Rehoboam) got to keep one tribe.
Division. Not because of politics or policy but promiscuity.
Is it any wonder then, our nation is split two seams right down the middle and crumbling underneath? We’ve laid the welcome mat for sexual immorality on so many levels. And then excused it under the pretense of a television show or just one chapter in a book or the way I feel or the way I’m made.
We’ve turned a blind eye to idolatry; calling it necessity. We’ve taken truth and trampled it; calling it tolerance. We’ve sidled up next to murder; calling it women’s rights.
Well, it’s time we stop making excuses. It’s time we fess up. It’s time we wake up.
Israel divided because they did not wholeheartedly serve the LORD (1 Kings 11:6). And America? Well, it’s plain to see we’re no longer one nation under God.
And so we fight.
My friend, it’s not compromise we need. It’s not better policies. It’s not better protections for blacks or for whites. It’s Jesus we most need. It’s a common coming under of God’s word that will mend us back together. (Then the rest will take care of itself.)
Peace is not by way of men, it’s by way of Jesus. It’s by living for and with and under God’s divine and living and breathing Word.
“You are righteous, Lord, and your laws are right. The statutes you have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy. My zeal wears me out, for my enemies ignore your words.” Psalm 119:137-139
“Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them.” Psalm 119:140
Wholehearted obedience. That’s where it ended and that’s where it will yet begin again.