Rock Haven Baptist Church
William “Happy” Chandler
“And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand”—Mark 3:25
In 1858, Abraham Lincoln was not yet a candidate for U.S. President. Rather, he had been nominated for Illinois’ U.S. Senate seat by the state’s Republican Party (in those days senators were selected by legislatures, not popular vote). Lincoln gave his acceptance speech where he uttered the noted words, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Lincoln was speaking of the nation’s situation at the time where there was a division between slave-holding states and free states. We know the eventual result of that division.
Lincoln was quoting the words of Jesus Christ, also found Matthew 12:25. In Scripture, Christ said these words when the religious leaders credited the miraculous healings and the casting out of demons performed by the Son of God as being the work of Satan. Christ’s point was that evil and holiness can never exist together. Satan will never do what is good and pleasing in the sight of God.
The Bible says, “woe to those who call evil good and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20). Unfortunately, in the postmodern ethical environment of our culture that is exactly what has happened. God-pleasing traits such as honesty, integrity, moral conviction, sexual purity, and gentleness are often decried as intolerant, backward, and bigoted in some cases. Traits such as anger, violence, slander, and hated are deemed a necessary reaction by those wanting their grievances and lifestyle choices assuaged. A nation that can no longer discern moral right from wrong is destined to fall.
Christ, who is God come to us in the flesh, is clear that we cannot serve Him and live darkness as well. If we claim to love Jesus but are content to practice things that are contrary to His commands, then there is a deep spiritual problem. We must turn to Him alone and repent and ask forgiveness for our sin and rebellion. We must ask Him to be our Lord and Savior. Then we will know the truth concerning what is good and evil, and that truth will set us free!