During the workday, I would exchange my thoughts and ideas, with co-workers, and we would have an energetic debate on current issues. I always loved to read, so I would entertain my intellect with books that required deep thought and learned to play chess, because it was a game of strategic moves that were thoroughly well planned many eons before they were made.
As I have matured in age and wisdom, I found that I am not as astute as I once believed myself to be, but I don’t have to be, because I put all my trust and faith in Jesus. I have found that my God will never leave me nor forsake me, and He told me, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your path,” Proverbs 3:5-6.
We’re facing a second hurricane in the span of less than three weeks, there are multiple wildfires in eight western states, several tornadoes touched down in our backyards, massive flooding in two states, billions of dollars of property destroyed, and the human death toll keeps rising. Even with these things happening, we are fighting within our nation over petty politics, greed, power and the age-old adage of “my way or the highway.” We have truly become a house divided, and if we don’t come together, we will not stand.
It saddens me when I hear gospel preachers on television predicting another civil war in the United States. Maybe they are right, because if we are not united, then we are truly divided and, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand,” Matthew 12:25.
The Bible says, “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins,” 1 Peter 4:8. Yes, love is the ingredient that will allow us to have a difference of opinion but respect for our fellow man and love will allow us to come together as we did Sept. 11, 2001. Love will bring together all cultures, all ethnicities, all religions and all political factions for the greater good of our nation. Love will cause us to pray for unity and peace
We already must contend with the threat of nuclear war from North Korea, cyber-attacks from Russia and the terroristic nature of ISIS. We cannot afford infighting amongst ourselves and allow our guard to be down. Our enemy should be outside our house and not within. We must come together and dispel any rumor or truth of a divided nation. We must be all for one and one for all. I am proud to be a citizen of the United States of America, and I pray that each of us can put our personal pride in our pocket so that we don’t once again become the Divided States of America.
We must be “one nation under God with liberty and justice for all.”
Ronald A. McCarver is associate minister of Church of Christ at Bellwood in Lebanon. Preacher’s Corner features a new local preacher each month writing a column.