• Fealty or Fidelity? Toward an Adventist Ethics of Politics

    Author(s):
    John Okpechi
    Editor(s):
    Tom de Bruin (see profile)
    Date:
    2023
    Group(s):
    Spes Christiana (journal)
    Subject(s):
    Seventh-Day Adventists
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/4gt2-dg06
    Abstract:
    Using two paradigms, five arguments, and twelve principles, this ar-ticle argues for the urgent need for an Adventist ethics of politics. This need is accentuated by the burgeoning foray of Adventists into the secular politics of their various homelands, especially in those regions where Adventists account for a considerable or majority part of society. This article reasons that instead of just rehashing statements that apply to specific contexts, there is now a need for a well-formulated ethical paradigm that will guide Adventist members and churches in different parts of the world as they attempt to make sense of their political spheres. The principles that govern this imagined ethics must be biblically congruent, theologically-sound, context-sensitive, and relevant. While the corporate Adventist church has remained “apolitical”, many individual members have already begun to engage in the governance of their societies through the machinery of politics. This article concludes that the proposed ethics of politics is not to serve as conscience for the individual Adventist but as a necessary guide in ensuring that belief (personal and corporate) and public faith expression are consistent.
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