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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 17, 2021

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SATURDAY, July 17                  William White

Mark 3:24-25 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read C. S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters, but I imagine the book’s senior demon, Screwtape, giving this advice to his nephew and apprentice demon:

Get people riled up, make them afraid of each other. Use race; use money; use the term “rights.” Divide their family—biological or, I shudder to think, the “church”—so that father and son will hate each other, as well as brother and sister.

The church is supposed to be a place where there is neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female, slave nor free, but these days, we are too often divided into the right and the left. Our faith, particularly in the last few decades, has been used as a weapon in politics rather than as a bridge, and a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand.

Where are Screwtape and other demons of division? They are at work, creating schisms where we ought to be united—not in a president or political leader but in our King.

MOVING FORWARD: How can your congregation build bridges across ideological differences? How can you be an active participant in that work?

PRAY for the Diocese of Doko (Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers William White, Bishop of Pennsylvania, 1836.

Ps 30, 32 * 42, 43 | 1 Samuel 22:1-23 | Acts 13:26-43 | Mark 3:19b-35

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