Matt 12:25 “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.”
What happens in a divided house? Whether it is a family household or a nation, the result is still the same. Challenges rising in these present times require unity of purpose perfectly centered in the truth. Yet most hold on to their opinions without giving consideration that there is wisdom above and beyond their limited sources of reference. In the time of crisis, their belief systems shrivel up with nothing left but endless arguments and debates without merit. The Church, the House of God, and the Household of Faith were intended to be the places where matters of morality were settled. A divided church not upholding the standard of Christ then becomes a divided house that becomes the primary cause for the moral decay in society. This indictment may sound harsh, but God’s eyes are fixed and focused upon His own people and how they represent His Son on the earth.
As part of the construction of the Babel, an observatory tower was built in order to preserve the reputation of the people as well as to establish their unity apart from God. “And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”(Genesis 11:4) It was their unified effort of defiance that produced the first city. As it is today, the will of the people versus the will of God struggles against the power of the people in conflict with the power of God. Little wonder that our cities today lie in ruin. Our Christian witness has been compromised, leaving the world with limited choices. “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” Ps 127:1
When the moral standard is raised by the Church cities, can be transformed. The power and standard of God provides safety and protection over geographic areas, and as we know, the battle is fought and won in the heavenly places over principalities and powers. The Church is the moral compass that measures the standard established within the world. So as the Church goes, so goes the world. If Christ is not the standard within the Church, then the world has no other recourse than to degenerate into a chaotic state. Satan dominates and fills the spaces left unoccupied by God’s people. He is the author of confusion and the master of deception. If the people who are called by His name do not see this, the devil’s work continues undetected. The masses are left to choose the side of a reduced standard, never realizing that both sides lead to death.
When the enemy comes in (with his limited choices), the Spirit of the Lord will raise His standard against him! Appointed and anointed preachers who are not a part of his game of chance will preach an unadulterated Gospel in order to raise the sights and hearts of the people above the fray. God confuses the minds of the rebellious and leads His people on a path of righteousness. He calls His ministry gifts in the Book of Revelations the angels or messengers of the Church. God will raise His voice above the many voices that are speaking today with a message that will compel the hearts of people to be drawn away from the current practices and trends of society. They will clearly hear and respond to His Word of reconciliation by bridging the divide that exists. They will then know that there is only one Way, one Truth, and one Life.