Brothers and Sisters, we find ourselves in this day walking a dangerous line. We have become like Israel in allowing the surrounding culture to influence our walk and way of thinking. Like the Israelites we have once again put idols before our One and only Hope in this fallen world. We have allowed the deceiver to influence the way we view the Body and in making distinctions that are irrelevant to God. In an era where the popularity of secular humanism and false gospel church is on the rise we cannot afford to divide ourselves (Orthodox Christians) in order to achieve some sort of worldly temporal man-centered justice.It might be said of me that I have no right to speak of this matter unless I am in agreement with the narrative that is currently being pushed. If you’ll give me just a moment, I’d like to remind each of us that those who trust in God’s will knows that suffering in this life is not without purpose. Pain and suffering makes no distinctions, it happens to all people and in varying degrees. The natural and self-righteous man will take advantage in order to benefit themselves in this life, and those individuals or groups who force the production of the individual to benefit others will have earned their reward. I do not intend to make excuses for those who look like me that have enslaved, exploited, and/or murdered for their own prosperity. Nor do I try to make excuses for my unknowingly taking advantage of actual or perceived systems that were propped up by such individuals. If I’m ignorant of something, I would hope it could be addressed appropriately. However, I will not repent or apologize for unspecific sins I didn’t personally commit against a brother or sister in Christ. Nor will I arbitrarily fund certain groups in order to ‘earn’ a spot in the unity we already have in Christ. I find these demands to be unbearable, unthinkable and more importantly unbiblical.Brothers and Sisters, we must be mindful of the personal sins that creep into our hearts. As individual members of the Body, we are all at different stages in our walk and we all have endured unique experiences. We must not allow our personal experiences or the experiences of others to be the lens in which we view and interact with fellow believers. As Christians we know that we deserve nothing and yet we have been shown endless grace and absolute forgiveness. As each individual has a unique function within the Body, all have a specific role to play in God’s grand design. Yet, collectively we must lift each other up and unify under the banner of our Lord Jesus Christ as one Body. When we sin against each other or have been sinned against by another, we must do as we are commanded; forgive, repent, and move on. Brethren, I beg on all of us to love on each other without hesitation and make no distinction regarding who is your neighbor.In closing I just want to say that my heart grieves for those who suffer, because I too have suffered. Though I am not without fault I make no distinctions of those who are truly in Christ, those of us being the adopted sons and daughters of God. I also grieve over the division that is being sewn in the Body. Certainly there are ways in which we, the Body, can improve so that many might feel welcome and more unified. I will gladly give all that I am able (my life, spiritual gifts, monetary support, etc.) to the Body in order that such improvements could happen. Lets change the discussion, and put aside the things that would divide us. If we cannot agree, we go our separate ways. Glory be to God, alone.