“The Divided States of America” // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

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“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” — Jesus (Mark 3:24).

We have come through the most difficult and divisive political election season in my lifetime.  Our nation is polarized and wherever we stand, the other side is demonized.

My son, Luke, a youth pastor in Pennsylvania, wrote the following words of wisdom shortly after last week’s election:
Divided means to be “separated into parts or pieces” or “conflicting interests” or “disagreeing with one another”.

If you had a door, a window, four walls, and a roof, you wouldn’t have a house, but merely a door, a window, four walls, and a roof. The pieces only become a house when they are unified together becoming something more than just themselves. The “door” is no longer just a slab of wood with a knob on it, but the entryway into a home.

Some say, “divide and conquer”, but in this case I would say that in your defining moments, “if you divide, you will be conquered.”

It was crazy to see how close the 2016 American Presidential Election was on either side. In Wisconsin there was a 1% difference between Trump and Clinton.  In Pennsylvania and Florida, the difference was less than 2%.

Talk about being split down the middle — and I awoke to videos posted of protests and riots in response to the results. My fellow Americans, we can’t do this!

I know everyone doesn’t always agree, and that it’s alright to express disappointment. But we must not lose the uniting factor that no matter the results “at the end of the day, we are still on the same team.”

President Obama recently said. If we truly want to “make America great again”, we have to believe that we really are “stronger together”; not as Democrats, or Republicans, but as Americans.

Let’s stop this useless squabbling, and show the rest of the world that we the people can be the UNITED States of America once again.

As Ben Franklin said, “If we don’t hang together, by heavens, we shall hang separately.”

 

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