Adventists in France Hold Third Annual Religious Freedom Festival
The Church of the Adventist Campus of Collonges-sous-Salève was the venue of the 3rd Festival of Religious Freedom held early February by Seventh-day Adventists in France. During the Festival, the President of the Federation of Adventist Churches of French-speaking (Romandie) and Italian-speaking (Ticino) Switzerland, David Jennah, encouraged the congregation to consider the relationship between religion and politics: “God or Cesar” or “God and Cesar.” He asked, “Is the word of Jesus not an invitation to act at the heart of society in order to transform the light of His liberation into practical reality?”
In the afternoon, there was an exhibition demonstrating the persistence through time of the persecution of Christians in certain societies where their faith is considered abnormal. Raymond Favre, representing the advocacy organization Open Doors was a special guest at the event, and he delivered a presentation in words and images, on acting to support persecuted Christians. He stressed that persecution is not just a mere historical accident, but a historical constant, a subject of discussion between Jesus and His disciples and something that can “contribute to the good of those who love God.” He encouraged his listeners to show solidarity with persecuted brothers and sisters, through action and prayers.
The day closed with a piano concert, performed by internationally renowned artist, Richard Octaviano Kogima.
By Jean-Jacques Henriot, EUD NEWS.