By Johnny A. Ramirez and Alexander Carpenter
Southern Adventist University student Beyond Belief: Progressive Christianity tackles homosexuality and Adventist community. He writes:
I believe that
Seventh-day Adventists have been called to be a peculiar people. A
people who display the love of Christ for all of humanity and who
proclaim the dignity of all of God’s children, GLBT persons included.
It is therefore the duty of Adventists (for as it is written, “to whom
much is given, much is required,” and much has been given to the Adventist Church to lead Christendom in Christ-like love. When professed Christians,
such as Pat Robertson, speak with biblical authority and divine
appointment and say such things as, “When lawlessness is abroad in the
land, the same thing will happen here that happened in Nazi Germany.
Many of those people involved in Adolph Hitler were Satanists. Many of
them were homosexuals. The two things seem to go together,” we must
rebuke it as hate-speech and unchristian ranting.
Such language is the same kind that empowered those who killed Matthew Shepard, the genocides in Rwanda and Darfur, the “ethnic cleansings” in Bosnia,
the Holocaust, apartheid, slavery, the oppression of women, and
religious fanatics. His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, writes that, “It is
unfair for homosexuals to be rejected by society. We cannot place them
on the same level as criminals.” I concur with that opinion
whole-heartedly. When we sanction any one group to be separated and
able to be hated we do ourselves a great harm regardless if we are a
part of that ostracized group. John 4:8 reads, “Whoever does not love
does not know God, because God is love.”
The Association of Seventh-day Adventist Historians just met at Oakwood College and several historian/bloggers have interesting things to say.
stopped off on the and spent quality time looking through the 60 reel
Millerite and Early Adventist microfilm collection at the Library of
Congress. He posted a great 36 slide show on William Miller. A must
Adventist Historian notes a new book by Gilbert A. Valentine on the White Estate.
Johnny’s Cache spotlights an initiative to end sex-trafficking.
Polished Mirror writes on contemplation and spiritual practice.
In a similar mood, Signs & Wonders watches a sunrise and muses: “Many evangelism series are far
too fast & furious with the information shared. “Well, Jesus is
coming soon and we must warn everyone” they say. Perhaps He IS at the
door, but He referred to Himself as being “gentle, lowly and humble in
spirit”. Do the tactics reflect the Savior we claim to represent??”
And always talking about changing tactics, Re-inventing the Adventist Wheel (celebrating their anniversary) notes the similarities between Don Imus and Seung Hui Cho.
Not just talking about change, but putting his life where his mouth is check out FAITH HOUSE, Manhattan. Wait, has Samir gone mad?
Here’s Monte Sahlin on urban church planting.
Need a good sermon? Here’s Sherman Cox II preaching it: God is still speaking.
Speaking of straight talk, The Wheeler Spin has video of John McCain calling for the immediate withdrawal of troops. . .from Somalia. Circa 1993, it’s surreal to hear the arguments that he gives, including him saying: that it’s “baloney” that American should suffer in prestige by immediate withdrawal. McCain even notes that Reagan’s withdrawal of troops after the Beirut bombing was the right thing to do.
La Sierra honors student Zulema Ibarra posts on Different Media Perspectives.