As the delegates exited the floor minutes after voting for Ted Wilson's return to as General Conference President of Seventh-day Adventists, we interviewed three—a youth director from Malawi, a missionary from Grenada, and a physician from California.
It’s nice to know that some members are happy - even beaming about the re-election (though I can’t remember ever having seen that much opposition and lack of support). However, it seems to me that our church has become rather asynchronous. For instance the loss in church growth might happen eventually in the less developed world as well - when it becomes more developed. But until that happens … the developed world will be accused of “apostacy” - and the majority will triumph in their self-assurance.
Very sad for those who actually do try to minister to a post-modern secular world and point out the fallacies of 19th century methods for 21st century.
I kinda liked her idea that Pastor Wilson is “Our Joshua to lead us to the Promised Land”.
I think her method of thinking is typical SDA, and probably typical Christian.
Where everything is put off until the future. And not much concern for the here and now in the Earthy Kingdom of God.
I see this as THE GAP in Generational Thinking.
From my reading of a number of Religious Sociologists, Those under 40 and more so under 30 are looking at their Church [local and denomination] to address the Earthly Kingdom of God more. To focus more on the Justice and Mercy Issues of the immediate. They are looking less toward Just a Head Knowledge of WHAT DO WE BELIEVE, but looking at a Heart Knowledge of HOW DO I BELIEVE, HOW do I put it into Action, into Practice in the every day life. HOW do I bring about CHANGE so more people CAN become citizens of God’s Kingdom Here On Earth?
I think THIS is the Generational GAP that we see in the Seventh day Adventist church. And I believe the Church Body is not doing anything to change that.
We like to sing that Song — What was good for Paul and Silas, What was good for my grand parents, What was good enough for my parents IS GOOD ENUF FOR ME.
Unfortunately, I think we are seeing that song being rejected by a broad age group in the SDA church now. And it aint going to meet the needs of the under 40s, the under 30, and those matriculating through Senior High School and University.
Does Pastor Wilson have the ability to address these issues in the next 5 years? They have certainly NOT been addressed in the past 5 years by the Black Suits in Silver Springs.
Actually, if a poll was taken of the SDA church membership in NA, I would say that there are a lot of older SDAs, some here on Spectrum, who have FAILED to Mature beyond the age of 30-35, and are forever STUCK in a Time Warp with the Millenials.
Pretty funny, Randy But George knows that he can help more people as a psychologist than he ever would as the GC President. Plus, all that “politicking” wouldn’t be to his taste…he is far too forthright for that!
So, because you say it wasn’t flawed…it wasn’t. Such assertions, positive or negative, are useless. They simply betray preference and bias.
But to speak about flawed process is another matter entirely. When only one name to lead the worldwide church is brought to the floor for vote, after the deliberations of a committee to which no one else is privy, something seems drastically wrong. The entire process lacks transparency, presents no real choice or set of alternatives, and seems more akin to the college of Cardinals than to a truly open representation and selection of leadership.