A Divided Nation

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When our nation was founded we became “one nation, under God.”  The Civil War divided us and now it appears we are divided again.

Was the Civil War terrible? The loss of so many lives was indeed horrific.  Slavery was unfair.  There were many abuses.  No one should be hated or discriminated against because of race, religion, heritage, or religion.  But, the unfortunate truth is, as long as humans exist, there will be racism, prejudice, and inequality.  The reason for this is that those things are subjective.

My idea of justice may not be the same as yours.  We are not all raised with the same values.  We are not all raised with the same morals, the same beliefs, the same conscience.  How then, can we come to agreement?

Hate is evil.  Hate divides.  Hate creates chaos, lack of respect, in fact, a complete disregard for anyone who has a different viewpoint than ourselves.

Slavery, in all of its brutality, was and is ugly.  And yet, the Jews, God’s chosen people according to scripture, were frequently made slaves because they turned against the God who rescued them from the tyranny of Egypt.  They continually turned their backs on God and His laws, even though He wrested the land of Israel from all of the heathen nations (God’s words) around them who worshiped idols and false gods. God gave them a “land flowing with milk and honey” and drove out those who would rather serve objects made with men’s hands.

God’s word tells us to forget the past, not by destroying it and pretending it didn’t happen, but to push forward toward the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus, while learning from the past.  Romans chapter eight tells us that all things:  every single thing we go through, whether good or bad, whether fair or unjust, works together for good “to those who love the Lord and are the called according to His purpose (verse 28).  So if we want things to improve we need to be willing to follow God’s word, and serve Him as best we can with our whole heart.

God promised He would never leave us or forsake us.  If we aren’t close to God, He isn’t the one moved; we are.

Let’s not destroy the monuments and statues that show us where we were and where we have come from.  We aren’t where we should be yet, but those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.

Let’s work toward become one nation, under GOD, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.  Let’s keep reminding ourselves of the lessons we have learned from the slavery days and move forward, thankful that although things are not as they should be, they aren’t as bad as they used to be.  And let us teach our children and each other to love God with all of our hearts, souls, strength, and minds, and our neighbors as ourselves.  This what Jesus taught in the gospels.  Let’s try to have God’s mind and attitude about these situations instead of letting our emotions run away with us.

Remember who is the author of evil, confusion, and hatred:  Satan, the old serpent, that ultimately started all of this hatred and division.