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What an Ideal Adventist Looks Like

by Emma M. Groves

 One can easily identify an ideal Adventist by looking closely. An ideal Adventist can be regularly sighted sitting in a church pew, listening attentively to the sermon, and is also often part of the church choir. After the service, they can usually be spotted preparing potluck to fellowship with their brothers and sisters.

An ideal Adventist faithfully pays tithes and often gives extra money to fund church projects. Setting aside money for the church is nonnegotiable to them, and the ideal Adventist does so with a cheerful heart. 
The ideal Adventist usually holds a prominent position in the church offices, generously devoting much of their time to the church and setting a good example to aspiring ideal Adventists. 
The ideal Adventist has a completely vegan lifestyle. One won’t find any dairy products in their refrigerator or any leather sofas in their living room, because they choose to keep their bodies healthy and pure to be a temple for God, and believe that none of His creatures should be harmed. To uphold Scripture, the ideal Adventist frowns upon the consumption of bacon and avoids pork like he or she avoids Jehovah’s Witnesses.
An ideal Adventist is dressed modestly in an Ellen White-approved style.
The ideal Adventist has carefully studied the 28 fundamentals of the church and strictly adheres to all of them.
The ideal Adventist prays many times a day, often for their own sins and the sins of others, and regularly praises God out loud.
The ideal Adventist talks with others in hushed voices about the drum set the new youth pastor brought into the sanctuary, whispers about the backslidden members who no longer attend services, and is silently scandalized by the two men who strolled into the church holding hands.
Overall, to me, the ideal Adventist ignores much of what it takes to be an ideal Adventist. 
In my eyes, an ideal Adventist is one who is equally concerned about being strictly vegan and about whether there is anyone going hungry in their community. The ideal Adventist would care less about holding a church office to appear righteous and care more about whether or not others are finding fulfilling jobs. The ideal Adventist doesn’t gossip about the people who left the church, but instead will visit them at their homes to find out why they left. The ideal Adventist is happy that the youth in the church are getting involved in church programs, instead of disapproving of the way they express their passion for Jesus through a drum set.
When a teen walks into the Sabbath School room, an ideal Adventist cares not about how long her skirt is, but about how long she’ll stay in the church. The ideal Adventist won’t judge the woman who is going through a divorce, but instead be supportive and loving. And the ideal Adventist trusts the youth of the church to be responsible, instead of loudly lecturing them on abstinence in front of an audience.
An ideal Adventist cares more about getting to know the woman underneath the makeup and jewelry, instead of condemning her for her mascara and bracelets. An ideal Adventist doesn’t demand a solo in the church choir, but is happy to be making music that glorifies God. Instead of being concerned with how many piercings a person has, the ideal Adventist is concerned about whether or not that person knows the hands of Jesus were pierced.
Ultimately, the ideal Adventist is focused less on looking like the ideal Adventist, and focused more on being the ideal Adventist.
Emma M. Groves writes from Lincoln, Nebraska.

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