Read Mark 3
Focus on verse 24-25
In the last twenty years that I have lived in America I have noticed a disturbing trend particularly in the last decade or so. While division along lines of politics, religion and race are not new to America, the animosity and vitriol with which that division is expressed seems to be increasing in its hostility.
In the last decade the media has become a willing accomplice in fanning the flames of division as well. While the headlines blare about the latest egregious outrage by one group against another, those instances where people demonstrate unity, forgiveness and harmony get summarized in a three line statement in a sidebar on page ten. Apparently bad news makes more money than good news, but then, you already knew that.
In today’s reading Jesus confronts some scribes who suggested that He was casting out demons by the power of Satan – the prince of demons. Jesus responds by following that argument to its logical conclusion.
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. (v. 24-25)
He is essentially saying it doesn’t make sense for Satan to be casting out his own demons. If he did that he would be fighting against himself. As we read on in the passage that follows, Jesus explains that His casting out demons simply proves that He has the power and the authority to bind Satan in order to cast demons out of people.
A divided kingdom truly cannot stand whether it be a physical kingdom – like the nation of America – or a spiritual one – like the kingdom of God. While my hope and prayer is that America may recover from the scars that are being created by people who are exploiting those who have been hurt by oppression and division, I suspect that unless there is a supernatural spiritual revival that sweeps across our nation, we will see it crumble from within as these divided factions continue to attack each other. What America needs more than anything else is the unity that only the kingdom of God can provide, and God will not force it upon us, however, I believe He would be willing to answer our request if we humbly and sincerely were to ask Him for it. This process always begins with those of us who claim to be His…
“if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14-15)