I’ve been an Adventist all my life. While others adopted into it, I was born in it and molded by its culture (cue Batman-Bane meme reference). Because of this, I’ve seen all kinds of people literally come and go in our church.
One of the hardest parts about being a lifelong Adventist has certainly been the people. A little jingle said it like this:
“To dwell above with the saints we love will be truly grace and glory; but to live below with the saints we know, well, that’s a different story.”
People are difficult to get along with because we tend to be prone to extremism. Generally speaking, extremism is defined in (sigh) the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary , as “a belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable.” 1
With this broad definition, many of us could be accused of having extremist views at some point or another (actually, Adventism itself could be considered extreme when compared to the general population). In our church, you can have uncommon views on theological or …
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