The Peacemaking Remnant

peace coverIn 2005 Adventist Peace Fellowship published The Peacemaking Remnant, a collection of essays and historical documents addressing Adventist thought and theology as relating to peace, broadly defined. Contributors include Charles Bradford, Ryan Bell, Charles Scriven, and Douglas Morgan, among others.

Rather than write a standard book review, I’ve decided to share a few quotes. If these speak to you, then I encourage you to buy the book (or become an APF member and receive a complimentary copy).

“But neither spirituality as escape nor mission as talk does justice to authentic biblical eschatology…. [T]hose who remain adventurous, who take delight in the creativity and accomplishment available to creatures made in the image of God, gravitate to grander dreams. They want to pursue good and subvert evil; to shape a better home, neighborhood, town or world; to plant a garden, start a business, run a clinic, mend a city — put a song, somehow, in human hearts” (Charles Scriven, p. 10).

“If we are to constitute a prophetic minority at the end of the world’s history, our role should be comparable to the role of the prophets in Hebrew society. Seventh-day Adventist understanding of the role of prophets and prophecies has been primarily of a futuristic and apocalyptic nature. However, predicting the future was only a secondary role of the prophets of ancient Israel. Their primary role was that of social reformers and visionaries — visionaries of what can be and what should be” (Zdravko Plantak, p. 22).

Speaking about loyalty to the kingdom of God, Ryan Bell writes, “Nothing — not our safety, not patriotism, not even a denomination — deserves our absolute loyalty. The minute we begin making compromises like this we are heading down the path of idolatry” (p. 47).

“As we prepare for the final universal blessing, God does not call us to pledge allegiance to a nationalistic flag; he needs us to pledge allegiance to the international cross; where the hungry find food, where the weary find rest, where the bereaved find peace, where the impoverished find satisfaction. He calls us to pronounce his blessings to suffering and searching people in every nation” (Keith Burton, p. 63).

“When we worship we anticipate a new heaven and a new earth. The future enters our present, and we live now as we will live in the future.

  • Because God’s future will be an earth full of justice, worshipers seek justice now.
  • Because God’s future will bring peace on earth, worshipers act for peace now.
  • Because God’s future will be an earth with plenty for all, worshipers act to end hunger now” (Kendra Haloviak, p. 69).

There are so many other quotes I’d like to include as well, but hopefully these have piqued your interest. The eight historical SDA documents are also quite noteworthy.

Happy reading,
Jeff

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