Unity may be painful

Harold Regier (Letters, March 5) asks about our witness in this era of division: Should it be pastoral or prophetic? How should we relate to our brothers and sisters who supported an “administration wrapped in untruth and violent rhetoric and action”? As Regier says, for the sake of unity we shy away from confrontation. We remain passive in challenging the Trumpian regime with its many followers. But Jesus said, somewhat enigmatically, “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34). Do we not have to speak boldly about where we stand, even if it hurts our unity to some extent? Is it not true that the only way we can come to true unity is to discuss the issues that divide us so that we can come to some resolution, even if it causes pain? I think we can do this because we are blessed with the Holy Spirit to guide us.

Edwin G. Moyer, Quakertown, Pa.

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