Adventist Day

A few weeks ago, the Brazilian state of Pará passed a law declaring October 22 to be “Adventist Day,” after Sao Paulo did the same last year. Both states together represent 52 million people, or 25% of the entire nation. This allows the Adventist church to use public spaces to celebrate the day in recognition for, as the law states, the church’s “moral value to society.” Leonino Santiago, an Adventist leader, responded: “From now on, our responsibility will be even greater.” If Illinois passed such a law, how would we celebrate an “Adventist Day” here? Block parties with pin the tail on William Miller? Veggie meat cookouts? The law was not the result of political lobbying, but recognition of churches that are committed to making their cities better. May we have such an impact in our own communities!

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