Lately I have been doing some serious reflection on where we are, as a nation and a people, and I am deeply troubled. We are a DIVIDED NATION and I do not mean we disagree I mean we are divided. We are divided along racial lines more today than we were just a very few years ago even if Mr. Obama pretends things are better under him. We are divided along political lines and there are divisions within the divisions often rendering us totally incapable of progress. It is not disagreement that is the problem it is division. Disagreement is or can be the springboard to discussion but division places a barrier preventing it. I deal with some regularly who are so adamant in their views they reject any consideration of another point of view. I have been attacked publicly, on Facebook and other Social Media because of my views. I do not mind someone disagreeing with me but I do mind closed-mindedness that refuses to even hear what another has to say.
Where would we be or would we be had our founding fathers allowed their disagreements to become impassable divisions? After the American Revolution there was much disagreement as to how the new nation should operate governmentally. Some of the disagreements resulted in such heated discussions and divisions that friends parted ways never to be reconciled. However, when they gathered in 1787 for the Constitutional Convention they refused to allow their disagreements to become divisions. They proceeded to hammer out a document that would give them and us one of the most workable and meaningful systems of government man had or has witnessed. I am so thankful that those men had such a deep love for the ideal of Freedom and Liberty that they refused to allow their personal preferences prevent them from finding a workable compromise and solution. Today that is virtually absent in many, if not most, political circles. Sometimes when I hear people speak I am reminded of the Apostle Paul’s words to the Corinthians when he chided them for their divisiveness and sectarianism. They were dividing into sects within the Christian faith and allowing their views to divide them. That was a pathway that would have been more than a little detrimental to the purpose of the church and Paul addressed it boldly. Likewise in today’s world our divisions are the problem not our disagreements.
In the Constitutional Convention they found a way to satisfy both sides of the “representation argument” by giving us a bicameral system with a Senate and House of Representatives. The upper house would have equal representation by state and the lower house would represent the population. There were some who wanted a very strong central government and some who wanted it to be almost a figurehead and they found a way to keep the States strong while giving the federal government enough power to “establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” The Bill of Rights contained ten items without which there would have never ratification of the Constitution. Among those was the Tenth Amendment, listed last but not least in importance that secured the rights of the states and the people and restricted the federal government from being an overreaching tyrannical entity, at least that was the intent.
Today our divisions so separate us that some are blinded by racial hatred and are completely incapable or unwilling to even discuss the matter, at least not honestly. Some are so loyal to a particular ideology they reject any ideas other than those that fit their preferences and resort to character assignation of those in opposition rather than engage in a meaningful discussion. One of my mentors used to say when I or one of his prodigies would come up with a valid point or idea, “Well even a blind squirrel can find an acorn every once in a while.” He did not mean it in a demeaning way but a reminder to each of us that we need to listen to the ideas of others.
I am troubled by the DIVIDED-NESS (my new word) of our nation and see it placing before us a crevice so wide and deep that should we continue on this path will lead us to such civil strife that blood will flow in the streets. I am not calling for that, oppose that and pray that we never see that but it is a very real possibility with our current course and position of DIVIDED-NESS. I sometimes wonder if I am contributing to the divide in my sounding the alarm and if I determine I am, I will change course. My desire and purpose is not to divide but bring America back to her moral moorings and I see no hope of that without a unified effort across the various divisions to seek the best good for our nation. I confess and profess the Christian faith and my cornerstone is God’s word and call for all who believe to make 1 Chronicles 7:14 a key component of your daily life. “If My people , who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” We need a healing in our land!
God bless you and God please bless America again!