SDA church speaks out against violence

The Seventh-day Adventist church in the country has called for an end to violence against women and girls.

Leader of the church in Papua New Guinea, Pastor Kepsie Elodo, made the call in light of increasing media reports of violence against women and children, especially girls.

“We, the Seventh-Day Adventist church, speak up and join with others to bring an end to violence against women and girls,” Pr Elodo said.

He added that global statistics indicated that in all societies, women and girls were more frequently the victims of violence.

“Actions or threats likely to result in physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering are incompatible with biblical ethics and Christian morality.

“Such actions include, but are not limited to, family violence, rape, female genital mutilation, honour killings and dowry murders, manipulation, denial of personal liberty and coercion are also acts of abuse and violence.

“To such behaviour, the Seventh-day Adventist Church says ‘Let’s end it now’.”

Pr Elodo said the Seventh-Day Adventist Church recognised that creation in God’s image bestows dignity and worth on every individual.

“The measure of that worth is seen in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ to provide eternal life for everyone.

“The love and compassion that characterised the earthly life of Jesus sets an example for all His followers in their relationship with others. Christ-like behaviour leaves no room for violence against family members or persons outside the family.

“The Bible counsels Christians to view the body as the temple of God. Bringing intentional harm to another person desecrates that which God honours and is therefore sinful behaviour.

“Seventh-Day Adventists commit themselves to being leaders in breaking the cycle of violence perpetrated against women and girls. We will speak out in defense of victims and survivors through teaching, preaching, Bible Study and advocacy programs.”

Pr Elodo said the Seventh-day Adventist Church sought and welcomed partnerships and collaboration with others in addressing this global issue.

“The collective voice of many can save many silent women and girls from the harm and suffering that result from abuse and violence,” he added.

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