By Alexander Carpenter
Claremont doctoral candidate Ed Guzman writes:
No more pain,suffering, death; things made new (REv. 21:5) I find great comfort in the Adventist’s church historic mission to ‘make [hu]man whole.’ Imperfect, finite, and as flawed by the mistakes of a modernist genesis, the church has proven an unflinching commitment to bringing about the alleviation of pain, suffering and death. This is evidenced in our worldwide health network, international relief projects, and strong educational system. The Pauline new creation instantiates the promises of the future kingdom in their daily actions as a citizen of this world. And in this respect, the church has forged ahead as a exemplar of God’s kingdom in the now.
Our church has traditionally shied away from involvement in the worldly power structures that effect all peoples. Perhaps the Pauline exception to power structures has biblical merit. Yet, as new creations that instantiate the kingdom the reticence of institutional (Adventist) activism in this world does not preempt involvement at a grass-roots level. After all, isn’t the kingdom boundless, unfettered by the parameters of institutional interests
Read it all at his blog, Substance and Shadows. And comment there too.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/4198