“Why can’t we all just get along?”

     Many believe that if the title words became reality, this nation and the world would enjoy lasting peace.
     Let’s limit the present discussion to America.  Presently there are major divisions among this nation’s citizenry. 
     For example, there is a major division between those who espouse pro-choice vs. those who espouse pro-life.  Another major division is between those who support marriage between any two people vs. those who support the Biblical principal that marriage is defined as the joining of one man and one woman.
     In essence, the major division today in America appears to be between the ideologies of progressivism vs. conservatism.
     As one might expect, the Bible is not silent on division and in fact defines the ultimate division among mankind.  The Biblical division was announced by Jesus during His initial time on earth.
     “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth.  I did not come to bring peace but a sword.”  Matthew 10:34
     Jesus went on to say that the ultimate division would be present even between family members.  He repeated the words spoken earlier by the prophet Micah. 
     “For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother…and a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.”  Matthew 10:35-36 (Micah 7:6)
     For those who are skeptical of the severity of internal division, consider the following Scriptural passage.
     “I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms; I will destroy the strength of the Gentile kingdoms.  I will overthrow the chariots and those who ride in them…every one by the sword of his brother.”  Haggai 2:22
     The Hebrew for ‘brother’ in the present context is not limited to a blood relative, but includes a ‘fellow countryman.’
     The New Testament epistles define the single predominant division affecting all mankind.
     “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”  Galatians 3:28
     “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free – have all been made to drink into one Spirit.”  1 Corinthians 12:13
     Therefore, the Bible is very clear.  The ultimate division of mankind is defined as those redeemed by the vicarious sacrifice of Jesus Christ vs. those who have rejected such redemption.  All other divisions are subsidiary.
     A very popular misconception is being voiced during the beginning of the upcoming election process.
     Many are stating that Christianity in America can prevail if ‘the silent majority will rise up and take a stand.’
     What defines the majority?
     “Then one said to Him, ‘Lord, are there few who are saved?’  And He said to them, ‘Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.’”  Luke 13:23-24
     “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate…that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”  Matthew 7:13-14
     Thus, according to the Bible the wide gate leads to destruction and the narrow gate leads to life.
     Therefore, the majority must be defined as those who miss the mark and the minority consists of Jesus’ true followers and disciples.  The majority can be further defined as the ‘world’ and the minority as the ‘kingdom.’
     That being the case, do we as a nation really want the silent majority to rise up and rule?  Sadly, it appears that is exactly what is happening.
     Political correctness, under the guise of ‘isms,’ is defining the rule in America.  America’s greatest threats are arising from within.
     For everyone to ‘just get along’ is not the solution to America’s challenges.
     Once again, this column is intended to inspire everyone to search the Scriptures to arrive at one’s own conclusion as to America’s present status and understanding of the future.
     Without a doubt, there are exciting times ahead that will affect every single American in a profound way.
     The choice of ultimate freedom is available to everyone and it is free.
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