Telling the World Who We Are
(1 Peter 3:15, NIV), and so must we. Some people have very distorted ideas about Adventists. Some confuse us with other groups. Because of our global range and our outreach, we are vulnerable to caricatures that arise either from ignorance or dislike of the positions we hold. We have to deal with these realities, and that is best done in a conversational, nonconfrontational setting in which serious study is given to remove misunderstandings and accompanying prejudices.
We also can learn much from these thoughtful conversations with others. Because of our mission, we encounter a large variety of religious groups. We need to ensure that we have understood them correctly, so that we do not distort or caricature their beliefs and values. The Lord of the mission calls us to be absolutely fair and honest in all our dealings.
Jan Paulsen is president of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church.