In Luke 11:14-23, Jesus answers a muttering in relation to his casting out a demon, and thereby allowing a man who was mute to speak, that he was casting out demons by the prince of demons. This is a significant passage in several ways.
For starters, the fact of maligning the character and motivations of Jesus, by wild speculation that he is in league with evil, is an exceedingly wicked way to respond, instead of celebration and worship, to the Son of God doing anything whatsoever, much less making a man free, and whole again, who had been oppressed to that point.
Another interesting thing, this passage is what Abraham Lincoln famously referenced, as president, in relation to the Civil War, as the Union and Confederacy squared off, over the issues of slavery, and the rights of individual states to permit or regulate that institution, as they saw fit, whatever the federal government had to say.
“Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls.”
I note that nowhere has it been argued, at least in my hearing, that Lincoln was taking this passage out of context, or applying it inappropriately, to the national situation. On the contrary, ‘Honest Abe’ is universally lauded. He applied the principle inherent to what Jesus asserted to present circumstances, and we appreciate that about him.
But other principles can be mined as well, for meaningful application, including, again, to national politics in our present day, not just Abraham Lincoln’s, from how Jesus answered the charge, that the source of his power was Beelzebul.
For instance, what Jesus says about a strong man guarding his home has relevance for securing national borders, as I see it.
“When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil.”
Friends, Romans, countrymen. Lend me your ears. A certain passage can teach us much about the self-evident appropriateness of defense against plunderers, when it is in our power to provide for such, as well as the consequences of not.
That is, if you are not a strong man who guards your palace, you will be disarmed and despoiled by a stronger who desires your goods for themselves. Moreover, this is part of the reason why a house divided against itself cannot stand, since such a case might see a conspiracy form to ally with the stronger man who comes from outside to plunder.
This, by the way, in my opinion, is a fair summation of President Joe Biden’s treatment of security failures, which his administration has deliberately and consistently caused, on the border between the United States and Mexico.
To those who would say that it is not loving for a Christian to argue for border security, I rejoin that it is not unloving for a husband and father to secure his house against lawless men. Nor either is it unloving for a national government to secure the borders.
While honorable men might want to come to our country, and that to provide for and protect their own families better here than where they came from, the exact reasons which commendably motivate those men must also make them understand that the people they are trying to protect their households from in their native lands must not be let in here, or else there will be no advantage to either them or us.
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