There has been a lot in the news lately about the division in our nation. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that we are certainly headed the wrong way. What I find amazing is that the worse things get the harder some folks want to run in the same wrong direction. You would think common sense would arrest them and demand a turn from such a dangerous path. As I was pondering this reality, a section from the Bible came to mind. 1John 1:5-7 (NASB )5This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” Here is the point, some folks are truly blind to the real problem; therefore, no matter how sincere, will never find the right answer. It’s like turning off the lights in an unfamiliar room and walking around. The problem isn’t necessarily that you bump into stuff and hurt yourself, or that you have no idea of what you bumped into so you can’t avoid it in the future. The problem is that the lights are off!

In 1954 two words were added to pledge of allegiance “under God”. This was done in response to the rising tide of communism in our nation. President Eisenhower saw the problem clearly and knew the answer. He understood that there is only one point of unity powerful enough to truly unite a nation. It would be comical, if it wasn’t so sad, to think that we can have authentic unity around anything other than Jesus Christ.

So what’s the solution to these “Divided States of America”? What it’s always been, Jesus.

3 steps to follow

Here are three things we can do to promote authentic unity in our lives, our homes and our nation.

  1. Be bold concerning the answers to the problems of our nation. Our culture is becoming increasingly intolerant of the truth, shame is often used to silence anyone who offers Biblical solutions. If we allow political correctness, which is a shame tactic, to silence us then shame will quickly be exchanged for laws. We must be bold in what and why we believe our answers are correct.
  2. Be clear. Many people are truly confused when it comes to the issues we are facing in America. No one wants to “get it wrong.” When people ask a “Christian” a question chances are they are expecting a “Christian” response. The Gospel is very clear and we should be as well. If the Bible doesn’t cover the topic, that’s one thing, but if it does be clear about what it says.
  3. Be prepared. We can’t be clear or bold if we are not prepared. Make sure before you share a perspective that it is in step with God. If you are asked a question and don’t know the answer simply say “that’s a good question, can I get back to you?” This will not only allow you opportunity to align yourself with God it will also allow for an ongoing dialogue.

Be sure you are engaging the truth of the Word on a regular basis. There is in reality no higher call and greater need for our lives and our nation.


  “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”