This verse really stood out for me:
To live in unity is hard. Marriages, created to be the example of unity, now has evolved to nothing more than a passing fling that begins and ends at the whim of those involved. Over the recent years, divorce within Christian circles is just as common as outside them. Even those who choose to stay married may not be as unified to their spouse as they claim to be as evidenced by the recent Ashley Madison customer base being hacked and shared.
Although it is good and pleasant to live in unity, I don't think that means at the expense of not standing up for what is right. However, I do think there are ways to stand up without angst or purposely striving to divide without a possibility of unity.
The Westboro Baptist church is well known for its vocal stance against homosexuality. In fact, the church's website address can be found at www.godhatesfags.com. The Westboro Church has created a deep divide between people, does not show love and compassion, and has been responsible for 55,682 pickets against various things. Although their motivation to have people who repent appears to be genuine, their execution of their plan to make that happen is flawed. Their negative publicity paints all Christians with the same brush and instead of drawing sinners to Christ their hateful "holier than thou" mentality has distorted the message in a way that will be hard to undo. The Westboro church's in-your-face brazenness has probably prompted the placing of Focus on the Family as a hate group on wikipedia in the "See Also" section.
We are all sinners and we shouldn't judge people because they sin different than we do. Instead we should attempt to live in unity with each other...forming relationships with people...understanding that we all need a Saviour...and leaving it for God to be the judge. Living in unity is like Heaven on Earth. It will not always attainable but something we should strive for.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Psalms 135-136; 2 Corinthians 11:1-15