There are so many things which divide us as a nation, as a people, and as the children of God. We are divided by hatred, violence, political affiliation, denomination, race, religion, social status, culture, belief systems, etc. We are also divided by greed, love of power, idolatry, spiritual (and physical) adultery, wars of men, lies, deceptions, manipulations, betrayal, rejection, false prophets and teachers of the people, false gospels of men, etc. Not all which divides us is bad, though. In fact, one thing is necessary, and that is the gospel of our salvation. It divides the believer from the non-believer in Jesus Christ. It promises eternal life with God in heaven to the repentant sinner who trusts in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of his life, but it warns of eternal punishment and torment to the one who rejects Jesus Christ, and who chooses his life of sin, instead. God calls us, his people, to leave our idols, our desires for wealth and power, and the things that divide us as a people of God that are not of God, such as hatred, unforgiveness, pride, adultery, and all that is called sin in the Bible. We are to turn from our sins, and we are to make the Lord Jesus Christ the Lord and master of our lives, choosing to walk with him in full surrender to his will for our lives and in obedience to his commands. A People Divided / An Original Work / July 4, 2011 Flick’ring torches; hatred; violence; Crashing windows; guns of men; We are a people divided By our love of pow’r and fame. Idols marching; they’re in chorus; Their goal to destroy the church, Tempting us to follow them in Pure devotion; them we search. Leave your idols. Follow your God. Make Him your Lord God and King. Be a living witness for Him, And your off’rings to Him bring. Repent of your sins and worship Him; a living sacrifice, Put your all upon His altar. Leave your old life way behind. Flick’ring torches; hatred; violence; Crashing windows; guns of men; We are a people divided By our love of pow’r and fame.