Mark 3:24-25 - If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
Jesus makes this statement after being accused of being the devil. The teachers of the law were trying to accuse Jesus, saying that He was possessed and that it was by Satan that He was casting out demons.
In Jesus response He basically tells them that their accusation doesn’t make any sense. He says that if He was Satan, how could He drive out himself. Then He goes on to make this statement, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”
I think it is interesting that He goes from talking about a kingdom all the way down to the house. Since we are talking about people here we can substitute ‘house’ for ‘family’. I think that He made this jump on purpose, connecting the two.
Jesus starts off talking about a kingdom because that is what they were already talking about. They had accused Him of being part of the kingdom of darkness, but also against it. After addressing that issue Jesus mentions the same thing about family. It seems basic enough, but think about it.
Before there were kingdoms, countries, states, cities or even towns there was the family. The family was the first institution set up by God and is the very core of our society. If we cannot unite in the family we will never unite as a larger entity.
You see, every kingdom, country or any other institution is made up of families. It is no wonder that our society is messed up and falling apart. We cannot keep our families together. There are husbands and wives that are split up. Children have rebelled against parents. It's a mess.
If we want to see our country pull its act together it’s not going to happen in the government. It has to start at the level of the family. Families are the most basic unit of society, but they are also the most important.