What struck me most about the first business day’s session was the repeated calls for prayer , unity and Bible study… It was emphasized repeatedly in the session, particularly by President Wilson. In fact I recalled distinctly the words prayer and unity being mentioned in the prayers on Sabbath morning service, by others apart from Wilson and the need obey and follow - which was summarized under the theme of marching orders by Dr Carlton Byrd in his presentation.
Listening to Mark Finley’s reading of the EGW 1888 letter was also moving and at one point, I could almost sense some of the delegates were emotional, perhaps to the point of tears.
However, listening to and viewing the presentation, I have an uneasy calm about this session. It was as if each speaker was there to perform his or her role, then depart from the stage as quickly as possible. Perhaps I am wrong, but I could sense sadness emanating from some of the speakers. Yes they spoke perhaps as bravely and as confidently as they could- but behind it all, what was the true emotional state of these speakers- inclusive of the President?
I got the distinct impression that many of them were worried, deeply worried about the state of the church in relation to very many issues and this seemed etched on some faces. Yes, many were worried about the global effect of the pandemic on the church, but this concern seemed deeper and more profound than concern about a pandemic!
It was amazing to see how well each speaker delivered his or her presentation, all united in the common theme- united in the same emotional display, Some would say perhaps the entire session was very well scripted to produce specific effects- I do not know for sure.
But not much was said about repentance, particularly corporate repentance. Will organizational repentance be placed on the agenda? Would corporate repentance lead to the forgiveness, acceptance, and love necessary for unity and revival within the membership?
These comments are particularly insightful. One must now wait to see what would emerge in the remaining days of the Council.