As Remembrance Day draws near, it is my desire to pass along a little of our Adventist "tradition" around the issue of non-combatancy, and peace-keeping/peace-making. The self-supporting ministry called Adventist Peace Fellowship is a highly recommended source of information and learning, celebration of our denomination's PeaceMakers, and even a certification program for becoming a "Peace Church". Peacemaking has as much to do with Social Justice as it does with conscientiously objecting to bearing arms in a time of war. Reading through the Adventist Peace site will provide you with inspiring stories, a call to action, and examples of some of the campaigns currently underway that might speak to your heart, or that might spark similar initiatives in your own community. Something for everyone who wishes to follow in the footsteps of our great Prince of Peace.
...there are areas where we as a church have regressed. When I grew up, to be an Adventist included a commitment to peace and a refusal to engage in combat. We were conscientious non-combatants. That has almost entirely been lost today, and I think we are the poorer for it.
Here is a video from the British Conference of Seventh-day Adventists that highlights the hardships of the young conscripted Seventh-day Adventist soldiers from WWI. I plan to show this to our congregation this Sabbath, with discussion to follow.