The AFM of SA exists in a global environment where such matters as peace and war will arise from time to time, and the church should take a stance and provide guidance and leadership to its membership and structures in this regard. Where war or violence is waged or perpetrated against them or their loved ones, it also affects ordinary church members. What should they do in such instances? Should they pacify or engage in what is called Just War? Does violent crime require AFM members to defend their families or possessions against violent attacks or should the church encourage its members to minimise violent reprisals as far as possible and to never react in retaliation? Is that always possible and the way to go, in as far as the Scripture is concerned or what Christ encourages Christians to do?
Accepted: March 2022