ABOUT US

HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT
If you do not subscribe to a particular faith system and are (rightly) turned off by what you see of Christianity in the media, I think (and hope) you will see a difference in what we have to offer here. Let's face it, it is difficult to separate Christianity from right-wing politics nowadays. You will hear nothing that resembles a religious nationalism here. The Seventh-day Adventist church, though somewhat traditional theologically, has a long and active history of promoting separation between church and state. We believe separation is the best and healthiest arrangement for both religion and politics to grow and thrive. What you will hear is a Christianity that is "grace" centered.

Now grace is one of those words that Christians throw around quite a bit. So here is this writer's best attempt at articulating what grace is.

Grace is an inadequate word that attempts to encapsulate God's actions and attitudes towards humanity. Grace means that there is nothing that a person can do---no act of charity, no act of heroism, no act of compassion, no act of sacrifice---that can persuade God to love him/her more than he already does.

Grace also means (and this is perhaps harder to grasp) there is nothing that a person can do---no act of barbarism, no crime too heinous---that can in any way diminish God's love for each and every person on planet earth. This axiom in no way implies one is free from moral and ethical responsibility just because's God loves all of humanity unconditionally and equally. One twentieth century writer called such thinking "cheap grace" (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Cost of Discipleship, 1939). Quite the contrary. Scripture is clear that the greatest (and perhaps most difficult) responsibility for people calling themselves "Christian" have is to love God supremely and to love their neighbor as themselves. In fact, the best barometer of one's love for God is in how we treat the people we come in contact with, especially the way we treat people we may find "objectionable" for one reason or another (1st John 4:7-8; Luke 10: 25-37; Mathew 25: 31-46).