Charles E. Bradford’s book, Sabbath Roots: The African Connection, is featured on the website African Christianity. In his book, Bradford excavates a vast array of long-submerged biblical and historical treasures from Africa’s Christian heritage. That heritage, he demonstrates, contains a message of liberating hope and urgent significance for people today in the African Diaspora and throughout the world.
Bradford was the first African-American to serve as the President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Below is an excerpt from Chapter 1 - THE BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE
The biblical perspective is God’s point of view, the way things look from the lofty position that He occupies. How does God view this planet of His creation? The prophets always picture Him as occupying the best possible vantage point, dwelling in the “the high and holy place.” He witnesses all from every possible dimension time, eternity; history, human relationships, the past, the present, the future as one eternal now.
Nothing can obstruct His line of vision: “The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth” (Ps. 33:13, 14).
Ellen G. White adds: “Above the distractions of the earth He sits enthroned; all things are open to His divine survey; and from His great and calm eternity He orders that which His providence sees best.”1
The biblical perspective, God’s eye view, is global, inclusive, all encompassing. Imagine a group of astronauts from several nations on a space mission. Following lift-off, as the spacecraft enters the upper atmosphere, each astronaut strains to see his or her own country, but as the craft soars higher, each can see only continents, then finally a globe with no borders no dividing lines. This is the perspective from which we must read the entire Bible;‘ through its powerful lens we may see as God sees and interpret what is happening on this planet and how it impacts the lives of people.
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