Saturday, March 12, 2016

A House Divided Still Cannot Stand

It really is amazing, as Solomon said, in Proverbs, “there is nothing new Under the Sun.”   In the Bible passage Mark 3:5, Jesus  said, “ A house divided against itself cannot stand.”  At the second Republican National Convention in June of 1858, Abraham Lincoln borrowed this passage and repeated that “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” He was referring to our nation, but first of all he was referring to the still new Republican Party.

In 1858 Lincoln was referring to the divided opinion within our nation and the Republican Party on slavery.  He said at that time that we must decide to either eradicate slavery or accept it, throughout the entire nation.  He of course favored abolition and in the end saw that through.