“If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand” (Mark 3:25).
The headlines recently, in America, were certainly unsettling for a news and commentary junkie like myself. The United States seemed to be imploding, committing suicide on live television. For some time now I have believed that we are witnessing the self-destruction of the United States. I often think of the words of Abraham Lincoln, who said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” History will show whether this proves true or not.
On Friday morning July 8th, many of us awoke to the news that a sniper had killed police officers in Dallas. In my shock I thought, “We are in the midst of a civil war.” But an odd hope came to me by way of the thought: “Perhaps these police officers were only killed by some Muslim terrorist, hoping to exploit our divisions.” (Only?) It was very strange to look for comfort in the idea that it might only have been a foreign terrorist and not the beginning of Charles Manson’s Helter Skelter.
But it turned out to only be home-grown hatred.
And the home grown hatred has continued.