49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? 50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! 51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: 52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. 53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. (Luke 12:49–53)
Not since the Civil War, it seems, has our nation ever been so divided. What’s behind it? The answer has to do with a shift from a Judeo-Christian worldview to a secular worldview.
Most Americans once had a worldview that was so strongly influenced by Christianity that, even if they were not true Christians, Christian morals and values dominated their thinking. Now, that has changed. Even people who say that they are Christians are strongly influenced by secular thinking.
This shift has been gradually happening for decades and has reached a fever-pitch in these most recent years. It occurred to me that, if there was no biblical Christianity, our nation would not be divided—at least not about the issues like abortion and homosexual marriage.
This is because Christianity is God’s truth and the world is opposed to God’s truth. People—left to themselves—will always gravitate away from God’s truth.
But when they are confronted with the gospel, and they receive it, they have to walk away from the world’s way of thinking. There’s a division of the old life and the new life. There’s a division of the old way of thinking and God’s way of thinking.
This primary division that the gospel makes regarding salvation has a ripple effect in our lives. It changes and determines what our basic morals are. No one who truly has accepted the gospel can honestly come to any conclusion about sexual morals and abortion, for instance, other than sex is to be reserved for marriage between a man and a woman and abortion is murder.
If you are a true Christian, the gospel is a great divide in your life. We see Jesus explain this division in this passage in Luke.