How many of you used to believe we were in the end times? Do your SDA friends and family still believe this?
I used to believe it. Even after I'd been out of the church for many years I still believed it. I remember being concerned about wars and the way our rights seem to be diminishing here in the US. But I just kept telling myself that God wouldn't allow it to get too bad and that he'd just come rescue us anyhow. Wow, way to make the world a better place, just convince yourself that the magic man will make it all better.
Recently my SDA aunt found out that I'm an Atheist. She kept telling me that this was the worst time possible to make that "decision" because we really are in the end times now.
Yup, just like we have been for thousands of years.
I've actually used the threat of the end times as a basis for arguing for secularism (among SDAs). Like the threat of Sunday laws is in the same domain as arguments against same-sex marriage (Example: I'm a Christian and everyone in America should abide by my beliefs and the legalistic implications of those beliefs). If the 1st amendment were to be scrapped, well guess what I highly doubt Saturday will be the holy day of the state religion. It is rather scary that many Adventists vote for people who don't give a damn about the 1st amendment. They are voting directly against their interests.