I was thinking today, as most of us are, about this government shutdown and all that is going on with it. I wonder when it will come to an end? I can’t help but think of the old saying united we stand. divided we fall. I decided to see what God says in the Bible about that and came upon this verse from Matthew.
Matthew 12:25 (King James Version)
25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.
King James Version (KJV)
25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
Jesus states very clearly that a kingdom is indeed in a place of danger if it is divided against itself. There has to be unity among people, in this case the Congress and the White House, instead of all this infighting, bickering and childish name-calling.
I thought about the phrase “united we stand, divided we fall” by itself and wondered who said it at first. I soon found out that it is older than I thought. The image above shows a 1942 poster, encouraging all who were alive at that time to find out the reasons for the phrase and to pass it along. During WWII, United We Stand was used not only to invoke American patriotism but also to promote unity among the allied nations. Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands made a speech to the US Congress on August 5, 1942 and in that speech she said “United we stand, and united we will achieve victory.” The phrase, however, originated in the fourth verse of a 1768 patriotic ballad, The Liberty Song, by John Dickinson and was used extensively in the American Revolution.
It was also used as a rallying cry by the Union army in the Civil war. The labor unions adopted it in the the early 20th century to call for solidarity. And of course as recently as 9/11/2001, the phrase re-emerged as we faced a new national crisis.
So you can see it is a very well-used and meaningful phrase; one we all should do our best to adhere to always, especially in these trying times.
I pray that our congressman and senators and especially the Obama administration will stop and breathe and think for a minute about the phrase United We Stand, Divided We Fall and they take it to heart! I pray that they start to remember that they work for us, we do not work for them! Let’s get moving folks! Do your jobs that you were elected to do and stop all the fighting and the political nonsense keeping the fight going! This is not an election – you were already elected – it’s now time to do the job! This is not a situation of you against me, Democrat against Republican, rich against poor. It is All of Us Together for the good of our country and its citizens.