Divide and Conquer can be taken as a positive or as a negative, depending on which side of the “divide” you are on.
In the case of Gideon, using the old divide and conquer tactic helped him to win a very important battle. How did it happen? They were outnumbered so greatly they had no chance of winning the battle against the host of Midian, they would have been easy prey for the thousands as they were only three hundred. God gave Gideon the plan and he passed it on to his men, “We will wait until all of the enemy soldiers are sound asleep. We will surround them carrying a pitcher with a torch on the inside of it in one hand and a trumpet in the other. When I sound the signal you will all break your pitchers so the light will suddenly shine and at the same time we will begin to blow our trumpets! It will scare them so fiercely they will become confused and turning on each other will kill them off for us!” Of course we know that it was God’s plan and He helped them implement it and they did win the battle, big time!
In an article on a site called“Changing Minds” I found a description that says it all:
“Cause confusion in the enemy camp. Get them at each other’s throats so they pay less attention to fighting you. A way to do this is by paying more attention to one person or one group in a broad field of others, or by sowing false information. Initially put more effort into persuading the more sympathetic person. Then when you have convinced them of your argument, work together with them to persuade others. You may also have to put in effort to keep them apart, particularly if those who are strongly opposing you are also working on the sympathizers. When they are arguing amongst themselves, propose solutions that the key people will accept and which will support their internal negotiations.”
It was a positive for Gideon, but there are times that division among “brothers” is very wrong, for example, Romans 16:17 “I ask you, Christian brothers, watch out for those who make trouble and start fights. Keep your eye on those who work against the teaching you received. Keep away from them.”
1 Corinthians 1:10 “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
I have always felt that when Satin was thrown out of Heaven with his Band of Angels that he found a wedge so that he could hammer it between friends, church members and most sad of all is that he tends to use it most in families. Whole families divide when something happens they don’t understand. It happens when one of the family leaders shows favoritism to some making others feel the sting of being left out. I have been there and it is not fun. It is up to you to make sure the weapon or tool of the wedge is never used by you to bring division in any way.
Proverbs 6:16-19 tell us that there are six things that God hates and the seventh is an abomination unto Him, I am giving you the list here to check yourself against, to see if you are guilty of any of these things,
Here are six things God hates,
and one more that he loathes with a passion: eyes that are arrogant,
a tongue that lies,
hands that murder the innocent,
a heart that hatches evil plots,
feet that race down a wicked track,
a mouth that lies under oath,
a troublemaker in the family.”
I believe that most of us are not guilty of any of the “big” sins, but how about the one that God abhors more than any of what we think of as greater sins? The King James says of that last “troublemaker”, “He that sows discord among brethren.”
I had a little meeting with my own children recently and as I looked at beautiful eyes so full of love and trust for me I told them that the only thing that mattered in this life for me was contained within the walls of this home and if they wanted to make me a happy mom they would always remain close, never let anything come between them, no matter what happened, to hold family as precious with the glue of God’s love in us toward each other will bind our hearts in love.
The old hymn written by John Fawcett says,
Blest be the tie that binds Our hearts in Christian love; The fellowship of kindred minds Is like to that above.