Clergy must come together

To the editor:

I am writing as a concerned resident of Jefferson County.

We have experienced crime dealing with young people being allegedly involved in killings and rapes. My plea is with the clergy of Steubenville and Jefferson County. It does not matter the denomination, we are all one. The saying, “It takes a village to raise a child,” is real in these times.

We have a minister who has stepped up to the plate to put forth an effort to curb the crime among the young, but he can’t do it alone. If we can catch them while they’re young, we may be able to build up more responsible adults. It does not matter who has the biggest membership in the church of how long the pastor has been there, the cry should be to let us come together and see what the clergy can do.

This is not about denominations, for the Lord is head of all. As it says in 2 Chronicles, “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face.” I say to the clergy of Jefferson County, God is speaking to us. If we can’t come together, how can we expect to lead the people?

I humbly submit and challenge this to all clergy. Isaiah 1:18 reads, “Come now and let us reason together.”

The Rev. Patricia Angel