The term, irreconcilable differences, refers to an inability for two parties to resolve their differences in order to live together. This is what happened in the Old Testament with God’s people when Solomon died (I Kings 12).
Solomon had exacted slave labor from the people in erecting great public buildings, and the people were determined to obtain relief from this servitude before declaring allegiance to Rehoboam, the new king. A man by the name of Jeroboam sympathized with the people and became their spokesman in the effort to obtain relief from the unjust demands of government.
The people met Rehoboam at Shechem and asked for a lessening of taxes and forced labor. Rehoboam met with his advisors, and the old men urged moderation. However, the young men urged the new king to keep people in servitude and continue to oppress them. Rehoboam followed the advice of the young men and answered the people roughly in an attitude of arrogant disregard for any interests except his own.
The kingdom divided, with ten tribes showing allegiance to Jeroboam (who they made king over the Northern Kingdom), and two tribes, Judah and Benjamin, showed allegiance to Rehoboam. They became the Southern Kingdom and continued to follow God’s laws. The ten tribes were without any constitutional rights in this matter, and their action was wrong!
What were the steps that led to the irreconcilable differences between the ten tribes and the two tribes? Jeroboam, who was influenced by political expediency, conceived a plan of establishing a form of worship in his own territory to keep the people from going to Judaea to worship. The Law of Moses required every male Israelite to go to Jerusalem three times a year on the occasion of great feasts to worship (Deut. 12:11-14).
To keep them away from Jerusalem, he made two calves of gold and said, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold they gods, O Israel” (I Kings 12:28). Jeroboam knew if the twelve tribes met back together in Jerusalem, they would work out their differences; and he would lose his kingdom.
The people submitted thereto and were guilty of great sin (v. 30). The steps that led to irreconcilable differences were (a) idolatry, (b) disobedience, (c) division, (d) pride, and (e) ambition which would eventually bring ruin to the Northern Kingdom.
What are the steps that have led to the irreconcilable differences between the left and right groups in our society? There is simply no common ground between these groups; and as a nation, we are hopelessly divided. We, as a nation, have polarized and separated ourselves from each other. The United States was founded on the principles of following our Constitution, Judeo-Christian values and a limited Federal government.
The left stands completely opposite to these principles upon which our nation was founded. This group boos at the very mention of the word, “God,” and openly joke about killing anyone who will not turn in their weapons. This group is getting bolder with violence and have no interest in rational compromise. If you believe in God and limited government, they hate you with a passion.
The right, like the two tribes, want to follow the rule of law and the Constitution and continue serving God. This group believes in increased school safety, Federal enforcement of illegal immigration, increased border security and restoring Christian values in our society.
What is keeping the right and left from working out their differences? The same things as Israel: (a) idolatry, (b) disobedience, (c) division, (d) pride and (e) ambition. This demonstrates that one sin usually leads to another when we leave God out of society and our lives.