In an uncomfortable turn of nostalgia, an Adventist historian recently found himself yearning for the days when “what the white man said was final.”
Leadership, said the historian, used to be simpler. Diversity was limited to “pictures of Jesus with natives of different lands” and missions offerings.
“Now these guys are vying for actual power,” lamented the historian.
This curious reflection came about as a response to a growing debate within the Adventist community. On one hand, there’s a fervent desire to share the gospel with the entire world, transcending borders and cultures. On the other hand, there seems to be an undercurrent of reluctance when it comes to relinquishing control within the church, particularly beyond powerful Caucasians in North America.
“Soon GC leadership will need to be as diverse as the dishes at an international potluck,” warned the historian, openly wondering if Ellen White ever tried kimchi back in the pioneer days.