Rethinking Patriotism with a Patriot — Adventist Voices

Bill Cork, Assistant Director of Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries for the North American Division, shares his story of moving from Atlantic Union College to Lutheranism then to Catholicism and now back to Adventism. Through that he’s worked as a chaplain and in this conversation he discusses how moral injury, social justice, and the Sermon on the Mount have influenced his rethinking of faith and military service over the years.

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Brother Cork is expressing how people find things to be complex that are actually simple, when viewed as he says, from the standpoint of Jesus, especially the Sermon on the Mount. That is the key. One day we will all be together on how to apply all of Jesus’ words, but it’s still not that hard right now: Love your enemies, Honor God’s commandments.

Doing this, and helping our youth find their way back to non combatant military service, are our current priority.


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