Not only politically are we completely divided, but we are divided through our gender, our race, our culture, and most detrimental we are divided in our perspective of our religion or our relationship with Christ. And most everyone has fallen in it's trap, including myself. But at some point you have to sit back and if you do, you can see how it has affected even the most devoted Christians and how we have been deceived with sneaky division.
Conflict is not something that I have a strong suit in... in reality, my famous move in conflict is retreat. I'd rather remove myself than be engaged in conflict. But God has been dealing with me on this topic. I've been on journeys to "Sunday Drives" visiting churches around my area when there was a conflict in my own church family. My church family now consists of Christ and my immediate family as I can't get myself to engage with another "family" in my life that simply walks away or that I walk away from due to hurt and conflict. Unfortunately I've learned that it doesn't matter if you are surrounded with Unbelievers or Believers, conflict typically looks the same and results in people getting hurt.
Since I walked away from my church family, I watch TBN and listen to Praise FM nearly 24 hours a day. It is continually playing in my background, and more than ever I have been fine tuned in the battle of the best Christian pastors and preachers, teachers and evangelist, not to mention adding in worldly unbelievers. Some preach grace, some mercy, some love, some law, some prophets, some holiness, some end times, some teach prosperity. And they are all passionate that they have the "correct way of teaching the gospel". Those that preach grace, love and mercy, are rejecting those that preach the law and profits. Those that are tuned into the reverent fear of God feel the love grace and mercy lessons are not completely accurate and are much too leaning on excuse to sin. Much like the fight of the Jew and Gentile.
Did Christ come to do away with the law?
Can the law save us?
Both answers are no...
I can't help but feel the magnification in my heart of the scriptures:
Matthew 12:22-28 New King James Version (NKJV)
A House Divided Cannot Stand
22 Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and[a] mute man both spoke and saw. 23 And all the multitudes were amazed and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”
24 Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub,[b] the ruler of the demons.”
25 But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.
1 Corinthians 1:10-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
Sectarianism Is Sin
10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name. 16 Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.
excessive attachment to a particular sect or party, especially in religion.
When do we go back to edifying Christ, instead of ourselves? When do we go back to preaching truth, instead of our opinions...when were we deceived into believing that the fight between grace and law was worth it? When did we stop studying the scriptures and instead pick out scriptures to fit our ideology?
When were we deceived into dividing ourselves so that we are unable to stand?
I have a lot to learn...about a lot of things. But one thing I'm certain, your opinion, my opinion will be burned up with hay wood and stubble and will continue to hurt our families, our friends and our churches.
But Scriptural truth, no matter how hard it is to choke down...will be our only hope and Jesus Christ is our only Savior.