GC – At Arm’s length

Wow – more than 3 weeks just passed since the session. And if I were to point of the significance of it all in hindsight, I would have to say… well, nothing much.

At the session everything seems very important. Adventists virtually own the town (or like to think so). All the delegates trying to get home afterwards clogged the St. Louis Airport for the whole day and a lot of people missed their flights–some even had to stay another night because they couldn’t get out of there. (Fortunately, my dad’s Qantas Gold card got us into the First Class line and we caught our flight with no problems.)

But now, after a few weeks of holidaying, what difference did it all make? To me personally, probably not much. I’m not saying GC sessions are unimportant or uncontroversial. But somehow you just let it all go and continue your life and your ministry as you would before. And should, in most cases.

Let’s not get carried away with big events. Our impact of the world as a church should be at ground level. We are the salt of the Earth and should be stirred and cooked to get the taste into the whole stew. If someone catches a lump of salt that’s too big for them they will most likely throw up. (If you don’t like the picture, give me another one 😉

Besides from that I do actually have some thoughts and ideas for interesting new political structures in the church. But I’ll have to get back to those at a later stage.


Author: Kenneth Mollerup Birch

Living north of Copenhagen, Denmark. MA in Information Science. Interests include communication, internet, sociology, language, politics, religion, theology, travel, music, and food.

One thought on “GC – At Arm’s length”

  1. Good thoughts. I think these big SDA rallies serve to make us more self-important. Liked your salt in the stew analogy. My husband was at the GC session and he was literally craving to come home. Just got tired of listening to religious rhetoric and church politics day in and day out. I think we are most effective when we are Christ-centered and keep things simple, instead of being proud of being a certain denomination and having huge pep-rallies.–>

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