Sometimes the word the church speaks is one of unity and reconciliation to a fragmented world, as we heard last week in the Confession of 1967. And sometimes, as with Barmen or Belhar, the word of the Confessions is a warning that unity itself is a danger, if unity silences the Gospel itself.
Which leads me to wonder: what testimony is needed for our time? In light of the conflict in our world today, what should we be saying as Christians? In a tense political climate, what should we being proclaiming in the church today? I don’t have the answers, though I know this much: we can’t be making proclamations about everything, or we will stand for nothing.