Choosing Disunity: Every Orc For Himself
“If this nice friendliness would spread about in Mordor, half our trouble would be over.”
~Samwise Gamgee, The Return of the King, Book 6, Chapter 2~
The armies of Sauron are a force not only to be reckoned with, but a power that inspires fear. They had what looked to be some serious advantages. What happens though when we examine Mordor’s armies more closely?
We see a picture of disfunction along with disunity.
Orcs Vs Uruk-Hai
Amidst Sauron’s well oiled machine (his well equipped troops) there is disharmony as the loyalty of the armies are divided.
- Northern Orc forces of Mordor – loyal to Sauron whose mission is to bring the hobbits to Sauron.
2. Uruk-Hai of Isengard – Loyal to Saruman whose secret mission is to bring the hobbits to Saruman himself.
Disunity In Scripture
In this week’s reading of Sarah Arthur’s “Walking With Frodo” she captures the fruits of such vain efforts rather accurately. She surmises:
“Any sense of unity created by self-interest will not last.”
A house divided cannot stand.
Matthew 12:22-25 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus and Beelzebul
22 Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. 23 All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”
24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul,the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”
25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.”
Disunity leads to defeat!!!
Proverbs 29:22 New International Version (NIV)
22 An angry person stirs up conflict,
and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.
Proverbs 6:12-15 New International Version (NIV)
12 A troublemaker and a villain,
who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
13 who winks maliciously with his eye,
signals with his feet
and motions with his fingers,
14 who plots evil with deceit in his heart—
he always stirs up conflict.
15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant;
he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.
Galatians 5:16-23New International Version (NIV)
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[a] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.