Truth must not be sacrificed, but rediscovered: The Churches cannot be unified satisfactorily on the basis of indifferentist faith and half-hearted allegiances. Diplomatic settlements and compromises in dogma are not the right way. We must be mistrustful of formulas or forms of unity which conceal our differences rather than overcoming them. If unity is to be genuine, dogmatic differences must be settled theologically. They will not be solved by pretending that they are not there or that they do not matter. Unless they are genuinely overcome, they will remain a constant source of infection, the more dangerous for being hidden. We must reject “unity at any price.” A Church which abandons the truth abandons itself. (Küng, Church, 289 — HT)
There is a move afoot to declare unity the singular goal of the United Methodist Church, the General Conference, and our public voices. However, what voice is there that speaks to the truth of the matter?
There are truths, hard truths, people do not and cannot hear, namely pensions are not the reason to stay together. They cannot understand that unity for the sake of unity is not a reason, cause, or solution. Doctrinal unity. Unity of Vision (with the same dictionary). These reasons are real. These reasons do not force us to hide the truth.
My great fear for General Conference is not change one way or the other, but no change for the sake of a false unity, thereby hurting many in the process and insuring our quickly destruction.