Heidi Campbell helps understand the church’s foibles and mission. Yet, I’m trying to understand what concepts are implied in the title of this piece. “The Ammunition” Does this mean everything is a fight? Does it mean a group can find ammunition to fight anything it deems undesirable? How does the visual of ammunition fit into Jesus description that “my kingdom is not of this world?” Does it mean Adventists were ammunition for some other entity? I’m probably being obtuse here.
As the reader sees the evolution of White’s thoughts on women’s suffrage, a problem with the common church usage of White’s words, in so many contexts, glares once again. It is absurd to lift a few sentences of her writings to be any sort of summary of advice for current events. As Alden Thompson has shown, inspired writings must be read, keeping in mind the growth trajectory of the writers. This piece shows the nuance and growth White experienced.
Any faith message for this moment, in my view, must emphasize the value of each person as a creation of God–Imago Dei. A group commits a grievous error if it chooses to use “living in the end,” or, “time is short” as excuses to avoid full throated advocacy for equal rights. When we live in an era that allows political change, it is time, respectfully-- kindly—firmly, to treat all people well. We have an opportunity to do this as individuals and has part of various community circles. Structural justice for all is God’s way.