Church president cites peacemaking

It appears that all our work in promoting peace and related issues is not being lost on our church leaders. I have recently found an interesting article by Dr. Jan Paulsen, president of the Seventh-day Adventist church, in the May 2008 issue of ADVENTIST WORLD, North American Division edition, pp.8-9. It’s entitled “Five Things the World Needs to Know About Us” and among the five, number 4 is “Peacemakers.” He cites the church’s failures during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the dangers of “silence in the face of evil,” complicity that is as wrong as wielding a killing weapon. He goes on to say: “I want Seventh-day Adventists to be known as people who lift high their commitment to hope and peace. Let us speak from the pulpit and show through our actions that we oppose anthing that instills hatred or inflames violence.” He points out that “[W]e can demonstrate in our congregations and in our relationships within the community that Christ has the power to heal divisions of all kinds: personal, political, or ethnic” and that being peacemakers will mean taking risks at times. But “difficulty does not excuse us from this fundamental Christian responsibility to teach and model peace.”

Lourdes Morales-Gudmundsson

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