United We Stand
Perhaps you’ve heard the term “United we stand. Divided we fall.” This is a great truth that was purportedly penned in a fictional piece titled, The Four Oxen and the Lion, attributed to Aesop. It went like this:
A lion used to prowl about a field in which Four Oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near they turned their tails to wone another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them. At last, however, they fell a-quarrelling [sic] among themselves, and each went off to pasture alone in the separate corner of the field. Then the Lion attacked them one by one and soon made an end of all four.
United we stand, divided we fall.
Nothing could be truer than this simple maxim.
Christians are, once again, as in the days of Rome’s glory, being, maligned, marginalized, mocked, ridiculed, and in many places, slaughtered for their faith. Even in America where there is a Constitutional guarantee of religious freedom there are forces attempting to divide the Christian community so that she becomes powerless.
In an article in the Daily Signal by Mike Gonzales, we learn that our President, Barak Obama has been busy dividing whites from every “minority” possible. He spoke very plainly to members of the group the Census Bureau identifies as “Hispanic” by saying, “America has been a nasty place to you, and you need liberals to change America.” Often he has been brutally clear, as when he told Univision in 2010 that Hispanics must “punish our enemies” and “reward our friends who stand with us.”
For that, of course, he needs immigrants and their descendants to feel aggrieved, to cluster into groups, and to see themselves as “minorities,” not as past immigrants have seen themselves.
Revelation 5:9 (KJV) records the universal brotherhood of Those who name Jesus, the Christ, as Lord and Savior.
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
To be divided over ethnicity, culture, color, nationality, or any other thing is to be opened up to destruction. Scripture teaches us that we are to be unified:
That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 1 Corinthians 12:25 (KJV)
Believers were chastised for not recognizing the less fortunate among them during communion and were told that there is a Divine judgement against those who bring division.
For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 1 Corinthians 11:29-30 (KJV)
The fabric of American culture and society is woven through and through with the precepts of the Bible. Just as there must be Christian unity that is unshakeable, so too, there must be American cohesiveness that refuses to be divided. “We the People” must unite for the sake of each individual and never be drawn in to a mind set that would, “punish our enemies” and “reward our friends who stand with us.”
Let us not find ourselves falling “a-quarrelling among” ourselves but let us embrace the call to, E Pluribus Unum, Out of Many, One.
Let us be, “We The People.”