For us personally, the Scripture that most significantly sealed and continues to seal our calling together as soldiers and as officers is found in Romans 12:1–2, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” NIV
We find that mandate to be a personal yet joint call to holiness. God’s yearning for His people to be holy is presented not only on an individual basis, but extends also to the Body of Christ as a whole. Many of the scriptural commands for holiness are given in the plural form. Yet it is difficult to expect corporate holiness without individual holiness. They go hand in hand.
We, as The Salvation Army, are called to holy living, holy service, and holy community.
Corporate Holiness is what is expected of the Church—the Body of Christ—the Bride of Christ.
Corporate Holiness leads us to social concern and action.
Corporate Holiness brings unity.
Corporate Holiness invites others in.
Corporate Holiness is not afraid of transparency and seeks to be accountable.
Corporate Holiness consists of holy individuals serving in a holy community of believers.
And so we would be so bold as to paraphrase this verse from Romans as a personal and corporate prayer: Lord, we give you our whole selves as a living, daily sacrifice; make us holy, clean, pure, and pleasing to You. That is what You want, and that is how we long to worship and to serve You.
May it be so in our Army. May it be so in the Body of Christ. May it be so for us individually.
— Commissioners Bill and Lorraine Bamford