SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, July 7, 2015 - World church delegates voted today to reelect Daniel R. Jackson to serve as president of the North American Division (NAD), along with 12 other presidents of the 13 divisions that make up the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church. Jackson will serve another five years as the president of the NAD, a position he has held since 2010. Jackson is a native Canadian and, with the exception of five years of service in the Southern Asia Division, has lived and ministered in the North American Division.
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I will drive miles out of my way to avoid any hint of stop and go traffic. Life is too short, I reason,... to spend valuable moments gazing up someone’s tailpipe. It's exhausting.
But today traffic slowed on the delegate floor of the Alamodome. It wasn’t in a crush of humanity toward the exits, although that seemed wistfully attractive at times. No, the stop and go bottleneck was right there among us in the seats, in the lines for the microphones. This is how the wheels turn in our church’s democratic process. Motions are made, questions are asked, points of order are entertained. We lay claim to new horizons an inch at a time.
It would be simpler to elect a dictator to autocratically determine for us how to think and believe. But we are not constructed that way, and thankfully so. The system we have chosen takes time, and sometimes the arteries of progress get clogged.
So at times the process here in San Antonio carries all the joy of a traffic jam. Lots of folks here from all corners and cultures of the world love their church and are eager participants in its decisions. They want to be heard. And today they were heard regarding specific wording of the church’s fundamental beliefs. Some of them were heard, and heard, and heard again.
Imagine writing a letter to your beloved with the vocal help of 2,000 eager editors, each with their own word preferences and turns of phrase. Would your epistle ever reach its destination? Would its words convey your heart?
I can sense the exasperation of church leaders and session chairpersons when the words of a stellar writing committee are parsed into oblivion. But this is the process we have chosen. The traffic slows to a crawl sometimes.
The day has been filled with speeches, queries, motions, amendments and raising of hands (yes, we’re back to that, and it ain’t charismatic). We wait in the heat for the words and the traffic to clear so we can sense progress toward our destination.
Yet I wonder if indeed the essence of our church amidst all its diversity is found not just in our destination but in the stop and the go of our journey. No matter where you find yourself today, there is always something you can do a`la C.S. Lewis from the preface to Mere Christianity.
“When you have reached your own room, be kind to those who have chosen different doors and to those who are still in the hall. If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more; and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them. This is one of the rules common to the whole house.”
Well before daily meetings began Sunday morning, Seventh-day Adventist, 2,500 of them, were up early for a 5K Fun Run through the streets of San Antonio. The “InStep for Life” run gathered church workers and their families to support physical exercise as a key component of a healthy lifestyle. One 8-member family from Mexico City all participated, including an 18-month-old child, who was registered by her parents and, with her own racing bib, was puched in her stroller. Read more from the Adventist Review online.
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