by AT Contributing Editor Stephen Chavez |
We are not alone.
That statement isn’t meant to reflect some universal or cosmological reality, it’s simply to say that we are not alone—we Adventists, I mean.
For all our talk about the remnant, God’s true church, and the everlasting gospel, a quick look around reveals an undeniable reality: we are not the only ones who claim a relationship with God. Our friends, family members, neighbors, and coworkers may call themselves Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Mormons, or Assemblies of God; they are neither more nor less sincere than we are.
Indeed, the God we worship is so vast and unknowable that people who practice all the world’s great religions can know, worship, and love Him to the same degree, whether they call Him Yahweh, Allah, or Bhagavan.
Now, before I’m written off as one of those mushy-headed universalists, let me remind you that “now we see only a reflection as in a mirror” (1 Cor. 13:12). We can honestly admit that there’s more we don’t know about God than what we do know.
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’re a Seventh-day Adventist. One hundred and sixty years of Bible study has brought us to this moment in world history. So the question: what is our message to a world that has so many voices, so many messages? Is it about three angels? Is it about us? Or is it about Jesus Christ?
Adventist Today is precisely what its name implies: a publication designed to challenge and inspire Seventh-day Adventists to be their best selves as we seek to imitate the life, ministry, and message of Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul had the holy boldness to challenge believers in Corinth, “Imitate me, just as I imitate Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1, Amplified). Is that even possible?