In Send Forth Your Light, Willard M. Swartley develops a biblical theology of peacemaking and witness to the powers. He draws on both Old and New Testaments to address two controversial topics: payment of taxes used to support war-making and what the Bible teaches about Israel. Underlying these topics are two agonizing questions: Can one be faithful to the peacemaking Messiah and continue to support mind-boggling military expenditures? How should Christian believers view Israel, both as a state and as a people?
This book uniquely unifies themes of peace, mission, and worship. Peace and mission, both at the heart of Jesus' gospel, are viewed as God's gift, first and foremost. For those who faithfully worship God, peacemaking and sharing the gospel in mission are the fruit of the faith.