We have a special role to play in vindicating the righteous principles of God’s laws. by Norbert Restrepo
“God has a distinct people, a church on earth, second to none, but superior to all in their facilities to teach the truth, to vindicate the law of God.”1
The Bible records how God gave Israel, His “church in the wilderness,” clear indications of what was right and wrong in their relation to Him, to one another, and to themselves.
“Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live.” Deuteronomy 4:1. The result of their obedience would be life and blessings. Furthermore, the surrounding nations would recognize the superiority of God’s law through their witness. “Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of all nations.” Verse 6.
One of the promised blessings was the removal of “the evil diseases of Egypt” from their midst. Deuteronomy 7:15. The Israelites had received additional instructions on dietary habits, cleanliness, and moral behavior that would prevent the development of such ailments. The absence of these diseases would be another way to draw attention to the wise laws of the God of Israel.
Today, postmodern society has widely rejected divine revelation and the concept of an absolute moral law. The increasing violence, crime, suffering, and disease reveal the tragic results. This presents us, as Seventh-day Adventists, with an opportunity to demonstrate to the world that God’s principles are true and His laws eternal. Consider the following example:
“Research suggests that a predominantly plant-based diet can reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes. In studies of Seventh-day Adventists, vegetarians’ risk of developing diabetes was half that of non-vegetarians.... The Harvard-based Women’s Health Study found a similar correlation between eating red meat (especially processed meats, such as bacon and hot dogs) and diabetes risk....”2
As the world sees the positive results of our lifestyle, we can point them to God’s natural laws. This will open the door to present God’s moral law and the certainty of His prophetic word.
Oh, may our lives reflect the goodness of God, demonstrate His character of love, prove the relevance of His law, and manifest the power of His saving grace!
Norbert Restrepo, President
1 White, Ellen G., Counsels to the Church, p. 240.
2 http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/ becoming-a-vegetarian.