Lincoln’s Lesson: Union

“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.”
Mark 3:24‭-‬25

I’ve been a little too busy with law school to weigh in on all the craziness that has been going on in this country, but what this man has to say is what has been on my heart for years.

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When I was in Washington D.C. just a few months ago I stood in the Lincoln memorial and pondered the lesson that that house stood for. When a nation is divided against itself, it cannot stand. We all have a right to protest peacefully, and we have a right to protest peacefully the protesting. But let us not forget that we are one people. We are Americans.

Me at the Lincoln Memorial

There will always be issues that need to be discussed and debated. There will always be room for improvement in this great nation. But there will be no progress until there is mutual respect, no future until there is unity.

The lesson that I pondered in that solemn temple was that we are not above shedding blood for our differences. We must remember that lesson from history. And, having learned it, acknowledge that it is not naivety to hope for unity. Listen to both sides. Take a stand, or take a knee, but don’t forget to love each other at the end of the day. Don’t forget that you are all on the same team. Don’t forget to listen to each other.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Only then can we finally solve some of the real issues in this country. And only then can we preserve this great union.

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