The leadership of the North American Division (NAD) is condemning recent acts of violence and hate against the Asian-American community. A statement has been released by the NAD president, secretary and treasurer calling for members to unite in support of their Asian brothers and sisters as they face undeserving animosity.
“As leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, we denounce the recent acts of violence and hatred against our brothers and sisters in the Asian-American community. God calls us to love all His children, no matter our differences. Our diversity makes us stronger as a people, and the variety of cultures making up our territory are a direct reflection of His creative power. We need to celebrate our differences and embrace the uniqueness of each and every person.”
“We call on all our members to stand up and support the Asian-American communities where they live. Be vocal in your appreciation of our Asian brothers and sisters in their time of need. Create a safe space for them by listening to their experiences and showing Christ-like compassion” the statement continued.
NAD president G. Alexander Bryant served as a student volunteer in Japan, describing his year there as “an incredible opportunity to learn to appreciate the richness of the Japanese culture and people.” Bryant also shared, “As Seventh-day Adventists, we represent almost every people group in the world. Our diversity empowers us to strongly speak in support of all communities. Jesus encouraged us with these words, ‘A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another (John 13:34 NKJV)’.”
The NAD officers statement also wanted the Asian-American community to, “know we stand with them and beside them during this season where they are being unfairly targeted.”