WASHINGTON, D.C. --- In a Pew Research Center survey of Seventh-day Adventists, members of the denomination have overwhelmingly pointed to Adventist retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson's political views as the most disappointing thing in Adventist history next to the Great Disappointment of October 22, 1844.
"I wish he'd stuck to neurosurgery," said Nost Algia, one of the 1,000 American Seventh-day Adventist surveyed regarding the controversial US presidential campaign launched by Carson. "Dr. Carson could do no wrong back when he was separating Siamese twins and penning 'Gifted Hands,'" said Algia. "Then came all this political mumbo jumbo."
Analysts say the fact that Adventists rate their disappointment with Carson's politics as being second only to the disappointment of the Millerites when Jesus did not return to earth, is highly significant. Although the crushing event took place before the Seventh-day Adventist denomination was formally founded in 1863, it has closely shaped the church's teachings.
"It is, to say the very least, extremely awkward to have a politically polarizing, completely unscripted Seventh-day Adventist doing this well in the Republican polls," said Algia. "Not only does Ben Carson make very controversial statements about guns, other religions and lifestyles, but he threatens to damage our traditional Adventist position of not aligning the church with any one party."
Algia stressed that Adventists are sticklers for the separation of church and state and that "we also have rather specific views about the role of the United States in these End Times. Having an Adventist presiding over the most powerful nation on earth is hardly a dream come true."
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