Continuing our summer Bloggin' the 28 project, Claremont Graduate School of Theology doctoral student and Adventist Gender Justice blogger Trisha Famisaran applies fundamental belief number 14: Unity in the Body of Christ to contemporary Adventist life.
By Trisha Famisaran . . .the issue of gender inequality creates ecclesiological problems for the idea that the body of Christ really “demonstrates the reality of God’s eternal kingdom;” albeit affirming the “now and not yet” character of redemption and the restoration of fragile relationships. H. Richard Niebuhr suggests that one of the most powerful aspects of the redemptive work of Jesus is his historical record of and exhortation to metanoia, a change in consciousness that leads to ethical action. Leonardo Boff, a liberation theologian from Brazil, notes the character of communal learning and adjustment to social circumstances that are (should be?) descriptive of the church and demonstrate the lasting influence of the Holy Spirit to encourage “ecclesial consciousness.” With that understanding, I am convinced that the “consciousness” of the church includes intentional sensitivity to social concerns that were once considered beyond the scope of orthodox theological agendas and institutional responsibility. Sexism, racism, economic inequality, and violent political division certainly effect unity in the body of Christ and foster disregard for the radical acts of Jesus that the gospels attest to. Scripture does not necessarily address each specific issue, but the spirit of communal love that acts beyond social divisions and minister to the needs of the disadvantaged is clearly present.Read and comment on the whole post here.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/4194