It’s clear from many studies on the past couple of American elections that middle class white Adventists
have voted in similar patterns to evangelicals. And for similar
reasons: a loosely literal reading of the bible and discomfort about
But the majority of Adventists have stayed away from the most
dangerous allure of literalistic fundamentalism, that of governmental
control. The reason for that lies in the Sabbath. As a minority
worshiping on Saturday and working to protect the rights of any human
to follow her conscience, we save ourselves (often subconsciously) from
the most popular literal readings of scripture by supporting a strong
separation of church and state. Recently many conservatives such as
Sen. John Danforth, David Brooks and Andrew Sullivan have realized that
their elected leaders lost their souls when they exchanged that
fundamental American governing principle for some fundamentalist votes.
Here’s the gay, conservative Andrew Sullivan lecturing at CATO on the conservative soul and the danger of faith as governing philosophy.
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