This interview with Joel Klimkewicz, an Adventist Marine who fought through a court martial for the right to be a non-combatant, was originally posted on David Hamstra's blog apokalupto. It is reprinted here with permission.
Joel Klimkewicz is a colleague of mine at the Adventist Theological Seminary, with whom I have enjoyed several classes. It wasn't until a few weeks ago that I realized that he is the former US Marine who had received media coverage (Adventist links are the only ones still up.) a couple years ago for spending time in the brig on account of his non-combatant convictions.
Adventists are contrarians.
Most Christians go to church on Sunday; Adventists go on Saturday.
Most Christians think you go to Heaven or Hell when you die; Adventists believe you go to sleep.
We're a conservative denomination that promotes vegetarianism, for goodness sake!
I don't think Adventism is contrarian in principle. It's not as if our pioneers set out to believe or practice the opposite of other Christians. They just believed you shouldn't do what everyone else does just because that's what everyone does.