"Where there is respect, there is a tendency to avoid
conflict. However, worse than avoiding conflict is
another inclination that is born out of respect – and
that is to affirm wrongdoing.
While it is true that families disagree at
times, we would do well to remember that the settling
of disputes is part of the father’s inherent authority.
Speaking metaphorically for the Church, the old
adage that 'Father knows best' certainly applies here.
But Jesus’ words are more to the point: 'Every
kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and
every city or household divided against itself will not
stand.'” (Matthew 12:25; NIV)
From, WE’VE HAD DESSERT.Biblical Malnutrition & Today’s Episcopal Church by Charles W.“Slats” Slaton, Jr.